Liverpool routs Swansea 5-0 in Premier League

Liverpool cruised to a 5-0 victory in the Premier League on

Sunday against an understrength Swansea side preparing for the

League Cup final, halting a five-game winless run in all


Philippe Coutinho marked his first start by scoring the second

goal at Anfield after the break following captain Steven Gerrard’s

first-half penalty kick.

In a lopsided second half, Jose Enrique and Luis Suarez followed

Coutinho with goals before Daniel Sturridge completed the rout by

scoring Liverpool’s second spot kick.

The victory came at a cost, with forward Fabio Borini feared to

have dislocated a shoulder and now likely to miss the rest of the

season, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Italian fell awkwardly shortly after replacing Suarez in the

78th as Liverpool’s third and final substitute. His departure meant

the hosts finished the match with 10 men.

But Liverpool easily secured its first win over a top-10 side

all season, lifting the team above Swansea into seventh place and

giving Rodgers a resounding victory against his former team.

With his thoughts on next Sunday’s final against Bradford,

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup did his predecessor a huge favor by

naming a weakened side. Only four players who beat Queens Park

Rangers 4-1 last weekend started, with top-scorer Michu among those

on the bench.

Victory at Wembley would qualify Swansea for the Europa


Liverpool’s hopes of success in Europe’s second-tier knockout

competition were put in jeopardy on Thursday by a 2-0 loss at Zenit

St. Petersburg in the first leg of the last-32.

The failure to put away their chances proved costly for the Reds

in Russia, and it initially looked like being a similar story in

the only Premier League match of the weekend.

Defender Glen Johnson planted a free header well wide, Gerrard

drilled a free kick into the wall and Suarez fired the rebound over

before he whipped a 25-yard free kick just over the bar.

The chances continued to be created and not converted as

Sturridge missed the target with a close-range header, and

Coutinho, who joined from Inter Milan last month, stabbed the loose

ball wide with the goal at his mercy.

Referee Howard Webb was also unconvinced by Kemy Agustien’s

challenge on Suarez close to the touchline, but fortunately for

Liverpool assistant Mike Mularkey saw it differently and

immediately flagged for a penalty.

Gerrard, having failed from the spot in a 2-0 loss against West

Bromwich Albion on Monday, went for the opposite corner and

succeeded in beating Michel Vorm for Liverpool’s first goal in the

34th minute.

Sturridge had one more chance before the break but having been

put through by Suarez his left-footed toe poke was blocked by the

head of Kyle Bartley.

Swansea had shown little threat in the opening 45 minutes and

any ideas the visitors may have had about staging a comeback were

snuffed out within 10 minutes of the restart.

In truth, the 16 seconds it took the 20-year-old Coutinho to

skip through the visitors’ defense and beat Vorm was all that was


However, a well-worked goal enabled Enrique to poke home

Sturridge’s pass in the 50th minute, before Suarez went past both

Swansea’s center backs to fire home the fourth goal six minutes


Sturridge scored courtesy of the generosity of Gerrard, who

relinquished penalty duties in the 71st when substitute Wayne

Routledge handled the ball.