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February 17, 2013 11:00 PM SGT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 44832‎
 
34′ (PG) Steven Gerrard
 
46′ Coutinho
 
 
56′ Luis Suárez
 
71′ (PG) Daniel Sturridge
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea

The hosts ran rampant against a much-changed Swans team with Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Jose Enrique and debutant Philippe Coutinho grabbing the goals

By David Lynch at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    27
    1
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Had very little to do as Liverpool dominated even as they struggled to make it count in the first period.

  • Glen Johnson
    24
    3
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Made several trademark forays into the opposition box but might have done better in picking a pass once there.

  • José Enrique
    34
    1
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Showed real calmness with the ball in his own half and got forward to great effect. Played a huge part in the build-up to his goal, engaging in some delightful exchanges before toeing home in the box.

  • Daniel Agger
    29
    1
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Made some crucial interceptions as Swansea made the early running but was in for an easy afternoon after that. Got forward regularly to aid the attack.

  • Jamie Carragher
    27
    1
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Rarely tested by an anaemic Swansea attack. Liverpool will certainly miss his leadership when he retires at the end of the season though, as he was undoubtedly the loudest voice on the pitch.

  • Steven Gerrard
    31
    2
    3.50

    Steven Gerrard

    Controlled midfield and exorcised the ghosts of his penalty miss against West Brom with an expertly taken spot-kick in the first half to put his side ahead.

  • Coutinho
    32
    3
    3.00

    Coutinho

    Flitted in and out of the game, as is to be expected of a new arrival, and missed a gilt-edge opportunity to open his account after good work from Sturridge in the first half. Made up for that, however, with a well-taken goal just 30 seconds into the second period. Encouraging signs for the home fans.

  • Stewart Downing
    28
    2
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Still looks like Liverpool's weak link during periods of domination but kept the shape well and worked hard. His countless shots off target in the first half underlined his still evident lack of cutting edge.

  • Lucas Leiva
    26
    1
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    Getting better with every game. Snapped at the heels of a capable Swansea midfield and utilised his long-range passing to launch counterattacks.

  • Luis Suárez
    40
    2
    4.00

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    An absolute nightmare for the Swansea defence to deal with. Ducked and dived all day and earned a penalty with a typically teasing run. Finished well with his left foot after deceiving two central defenders in one drop of the shoulder.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    37
    4
    4.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    His combination with Suarez may not have scaled the heights in the first half but was back on top form by the end of the game. Showed his immaculate touch and underrated awareness in some delightful attacking exchanges. Deserved a goal and was handed penalty duties by Gerrard for that reason; making no mistake to beat Vorm.

Substitutions

  • Jordan Henderson
    18
    2
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Continued his recent impressive run of form with a late appearance as a substitute. Confidently demanded the ball in attacking areas and picked his passes well.

  • Joe Allen
    14
    2
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Kept things simple after coming on as Liverpool cruised home.

  • Fabio Borini
    15
    1
    3.00

    Fabio Borini

    Showed his desire to break back into the first team with a hard-running late cameo.

  • Michel Vorm
    1
    2
    2.00

    Michel Vorm

    Should have done much better thank to allow Coutinho's shot to escape him 30 seconds into the second half. Might have stopped Enrique's toe-poked effort from finding the net not long after.

  • Kyle Bartley
    0
    4
    2.00

    Kyle Bartley

    Lucky not to concede a penalty in the first period for a clumsy challenge on Sturridge. His second half got even worse as he was beaten time and time again by a rampant Suarez and Sturridge.

  • Dwight Tiendalli
    0
    3
    2.50

    Dwight Tiendalli

    Allowed Coutinho to run inside him far too easily on a number of occasions and was deceived by some fine passing moves on his wing.

  • Ben Davies
    2
    1
    2.50

    Ben Davies

    Limited Downing's impact in the first half by staying tight and forcing the winger onto his weaker right foot. Stuck to his task less fastidiously in the second period as Liverpool ran riot.

  • Leon Britton
    1
    1
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Kept his passing simple and utilised possession well as Swansea prevented the Reds from carving out too many clear-cut chances in the first period. Could not stop Suarez from picking space behind him late on, though.

  • Pablo Hernández
    1
    2
    3.00

    Pablo Hernández

    Genuinely troubled the hosts by leading some fine counterattacks in the first half but saw his influence wane as the game changed.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    4
    1
    3.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Another Swansea player who kept things tidy during the visitors' rare spells of possession. Crowded out after working an excellent one-two into the box in the second period.

  • Kemy Agustien
    0
    3
    2.50

    Kemy Agustien

    Gave away the penalty which turned the tide entirely against his team. Had proved a bothersome presence in midfield for the hosts prior to that but was overrun afterwards.

  • Roland Lamah
    0
    3
    2.00

    Roland Lamah

    Did little of note after his shot in the box was blocked by Johnson after 15 minutes. Substituted after an anonymous hour.

  • Itay Shechter
    0
    3
    2.50

    Itay Shechter

    Another squad player who did his chances of breaking through few favours. Easily shackled by Carragher and Agger.

Substitutions

  • Ángel Rangel
    1
    1
    3.00

    Ángel Rangel

    Came on to shore things up in midfield and was aided in that task by Borini's departure.

  • Nathan Dyer
    0
    2

    Nathan Dyer

    Replaced Pablo but had little time or impetus to make an impact with Liverpool 5-0 up and cruising in the 75th minute.

  • Wayne Routledge
    0
    4
    2.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Gave away a penalty moments after coming on with a needless handball in the box. Had plenty of time to get out of the way but clearly misjudged whether he could chest it.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2