Firmino strikes twice as Liverpool crush Swansea

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Coutinho, restored to an advanced role in Liverpool's attacking triumvirate, cut inside onto his right foot and curled a sumptuous shot into the top right corner of the net, which Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could only stand and admire.

Coutinho's moment of brilliance lit up an otherwise tiresome first half, scoring the 250th goal of Klopp's reign, and it was a trademark finish.

Liverpool pressed further forward to get the second goal and Andrew Robertson almost made it two for them in the ninth minute but he directed his shot wide after he was set up by Coutinho.

The win over Swansea saw Liverpool climb back above Tottenham and into fourth place, leaving Klopp to emphasise the quality of his players' performance after a challenging first half.

Two goals in a minute ensued Trent Alexander-Arnold rifling in his first goal for the club on 65 minutes before Firmino struck again.

Coutinho scored the game's opening goal in the fifth minute on his 200th appearance for Liverpool. Their previous away game was also a trip to Merseyside when they lost 3-1 to Sam Allardyce's Everton.

It did not take Liverpool long to assert their authority against the Premier League's bottom club. Wayne Routledge crossed for Ayew but his header had no power and was saved down low by Simon Mignolet.

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"In the first half we did OK and we stepped it up in the second half".

Swansea caretaker boss Leon Britton blamed the team's loss to a loss in concentration, especially in the second half.

While Liverpool continued to have the better of the possession, Swansea showed occasional signs of addressing its own attacking problems.

Meanwhile, Joe Gomez was particularly at fault for Alexis Sanchez's goal at Arsenal, which brought the home side back into match just seconds after Liverpool took a two-goal lead.

A minute later Firmino tapped into an empty goal from Salah's square pass before Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the rout.

"I just want more out of myself".

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