• English Barclays Premier League
  • 17 February 2013, 3:00pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,832
  • Gerrard, pen 34
  • Coutinho, 46
  • José Enrique, 50
  • Suárez, 56
  • Sturridge, pen 71

live commentary


88 mins:Liverpool will have to play for the last few minutes with ten men as Borini is led from the pitch seemingly in agony.

86 mins:Borini appears to have picked up a shoulder injury after landing awkwardly.

84 mins:Swansea bring on Angel Rangel for Shechter.

82 mins:Johnson lashes a shot narrowly wide after being given acres of space.

80 mins:Liverpool are cruising towards the final whistle seemingly happy with their five goals.

78 mins:Suarez makes way for Fabio Borini as the match meanders towards a close.

77 mins:The Swans bring on Nathan Dyer for Hernandez.

76 mins:Pablo Hernandez picks up a booking for his foul on Daniel Agger.

76 mins:The statistics show Liverpool have had 34 efforts on goal already.

74 mins:Sturridge hits the crossbar, this could easily have been double figures for Liverpool.

72 mins:Liverpool make a second change - Joe Allen for Lucas.

71 mins:LIVERPOOL 5-0 SWANSEA. The impressive STURRIDGE powers his penalty past Vorm.

70 mins:Another penalty for Liverpool, handball by Routledge.

68 mins:Vorm saves Sturridge's shot with his boot, almost a fith for Liverpool there.

66 mins:Swansea bring Wayne Routledge on for Roland Lamah.

65 mins:Liverpool are in cruise control now, the match is won and the game is in danger of petering out.

63 mins:Almost all of Swansea's players have been poor today but Leon Britton has stood out for being particularly bad.

61 mins:Liverpool bring Jordan Henderson on for Coutinho.

60 mins:Sturridge wants a penalty after going down inside the area but the referee is unimpressed and waves play on.

58 mins:Liverpool wasted a host of first-half chances but have scored three goals in the first 11 minutes of the second period.

56 mins:LIVERPOOL 4-0 SWANSEA. It's almost like a practice game for Liverpool as Swansea seem completely disinterested in today's game. SUAREZ scores the fourth goal with a delicate finish.

56 mins:On chances created, 3-0 is not flattering to Liverpool at all.

54 mins:This really has been a bad day at the office for Swansea who have not got going at all.

50 mins:LIVERPOOL 3-0 SWANSEA. It's far too easy for Liverpool as a sweeping move ends with JOSE ENRIQUE poking the ball into the roof of the net.

50 mins:Laudrup is considering making some substitutions but nothing will help his side now.

48 mins:Swansea have not improved since the restart, this game is as good as won for Liverpool already.

46 mins:LIVERPOOL 2-0 SWANSEA. Within 20 seconds of the restart Swansea's woes intensify as COUTINHO nets with a shot from virtually on the penalty spot.

46 mins:Swansea City get the second half underway.


44 mins:Swansea launch a rare attack but Pepe Reina makes a routine save to keep Jonathan De Guzman's effort out.

42 mins:Kyle Bartley clears Downing's effort away from virtually underneath his own crossbar.

40 mins:It's been completely one-way traffic, Liverpool should be at least three goals to the good already.

38 mins:The Swansea defence looks very ramshackle, they really have been dire today.

36 mins:The Swans survive a goalmouth scramble as Liverpool almost double their lead.

34 mins:LIVERPOOL 1-0 SWANSEA. GERRARD's mis-hit penalty is just too good for Vorm.

33 mins:Penalty to Liverpool after Suarez goes down under Kemy Agustien's challenge.

32 mins:Slowly but surely Swansea are improving but Liverpool would be out of sight already if they'd had their shooting boots on.

30 mins:Much of Swansea's problems have stemmed from Garry Monk's failure to cope with Sturridge.

28 mins:Swansea have been dreadful so far while Liverpool should be at least two goals ahead.

26 mins:Coutinho flashes an effort inches wide after Sturridge had penalty appeals waved away when he appeared to have been upended.

24 mins:Swansea have been very disjointed so far, maybe Laudrup has made too many changes for his own good today.

22 mins:Dwight Tiendalli makes a hash of a clearance but Suarez fails to profit from the error as he yet again fires wide.

20 mins:Liverpool have had numerous effort on goal but very few have tested Vorm.

18 mins:Another free-kick for Liverpool, but once again Suarez fails to find the target.

16 mins:Liverpool win a free-kick that eventually finds its way to Suarez who lofts his effort over the bar.

14 mins:Downing's corner finds the head of Johnson but he is unable to guide his effort on target.

12 mins:Downing powers a shot wide of Vorm's goal but it's been a very lively opening to the match.

10 mins:Swansea have appeals for handball against Glen Johnson turned down by Howard Webb inside the penalty area.

8 mins:Gerrard concedes a corner as Lamah bursts forward.

6 mins:Luis Suarez's shot is easily gathered by Michel Vorm. Swansea have started slowly.

4 mins:Swansea knock the ball about nicely around the centre circle as they are prone to do.

2 mins:Liverpool win an early corner but from it Stewart Downing miscues a volley wide.

1 mins:We're underway at Anfield where the hint of spring is in the air.

Brendan Rodgers has handed a first start to Philippe Coutinho while Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Agger and Lucas all return to the line-up.

Michael Laudrup has named Michu, Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer on the bench while there are starts for Roland Lamah, Dwight Tiendalli, Kyle Bartley, Kemy Agustien and Itay Shechter.

Swansea may have one eye on next weekend's Capital One Cup final at Wembley against Bradford City.

Liverpool have had a busy week. Six days ago they lost at home to West Brom while on Thursday they were beaten in the Europa League by Zenit St Petersburg.

Ninth-placed Liverpool face a Swansea City side at Anfield that are two places and one point above the Reds in the Premier League table.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 17 February 2013, 3:00pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,832
  • Gerrard, pen 34
  • Coutinho, 46
  • José Enrique, 50
  • Suárez, 56
  • Sturridge, pen 71

match report

Philippe Coutinho scored on his full debut as a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool thrashed Swansea 5-0 to climb into seventh in the Premier League.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, with next Sunday's Capital One Cup final in mind, made seven changes to his side and the Reds took full advantage, with Suarez outstanding.

Suarez won a 34th-minute penalty following Kemy Agustien's unnecessary challenge. Steven Gerrard, having failed from the spot in front of the Kop against West Brom earlier in the week, went for the opposite corner and succeeded in beating Michel Vorm.

The Reds' lead was doubled just 16 seconds after the break when new signing Coutinho skipped through the Swans defence and slotted home after an incisive pass from Suarez.

Four minutes later and Jose Enrique put the game to bed following a great team passing move, finishing after a slick one-two with Daniel Sturridge.

Suarez finally got the goal his play deserved on 56 minutes when he went past both Swansea's centre-backs following a Stewart Downing assist.

Sturridge added a fifth from the penalty spot with 19 minutes to play after the ball hit substitute Wayne Routledge in the box.

The Liverpool striker almost added a sixth but hit the bar with his placed effort from just inside the box.

At the other end Pepe Reina saved to his left to deny Routledge a consolation for the Swans.

Liverpool's day was marred late on when substitute Fabio Borini, who had come on for Suarez, suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder following a challenge. He was forced to leave the field and the Reds, who had used all their substitutes, finished the game with ten men.

The win was a welcome boost after a five-match winless run in all competitions and moves the Reds to within nine points of fourth-placed Tottenham.

team line-up

25José Reina
3José Enrique
23Jamie Carragher
5Daniel Agger
2Glen Johnson
8Steven Gerrard
21Lucas Leiva72
10Philippe Coutinho60
19Stewart Downing
7Luis Suárez78
15Daniel Sturridge


33Jonjo Shelvey
37Martin Skrtel
42Peter Gulacsi
31Raheem Sterling
29Fabio Borini78
24Joe Allen72
14Jordan Henderson60


Howard Webb

team line-up

1Michel Vorm
33Ben Davies
21Dwight Tiendalli
16Garry Monk
2Kyle Bartley
11Pablo Hernández76
26Kemy Agustien
20Jonathan De Guzmán
7Leon Britton
14Roland Lamah64
17Itay Shechter82


19Luke Moore
25Gerhard Tremmel
15Wayne Routledge64
12Nathan Dyer76
22Angel Rangel82
6Ashley Williams


Howard Webb

match stats

possession %5445
shots on target102
shots off target160
tackles won1011