Monday 17 February 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Liverpool ended a five-match winless streak in all competitions in style as five different players scored in a convincing 5-0 victory over Swansea City.
Philippe Coutinho, on his Anfield debut, was one of those on target against a much-changed Swans side, a week before their Capital One Cup final against Bradford City.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, previously in charge of Swansea, said: "It was a brilliant performance, big credit to the players, their attitude was tremendous and it was important to keep a clean sheet. Displays like this give players confidence to take into the next match."
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said: "It was a nightmare, we got slaughtered out there. First half we were still in the match but to give away three goals like that in 10 minutes at the start of the second half was terrible – we have to say sorry to the fans."
Steven Gerrard gave the Reds a 34th-minute lead from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez was fouled by Kemy Agustien and the match was decided at the start of the second half.
Coutinho doubled the lead from a Suarez pass in the 46th minute and four minutes later Jose Enrique made it 3-0 after a glorious move also involving Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Ten minutes later Suarez weaved his way through the defence for the fourth and his 18th Barclays Premier League goal of the season.
It was five on 71 minutes when another penalty was converted – this time by Sturridge following handball by substitute Wayne Routledge.
The only negative for the Reds was an injury sustained by substitute Fabio Borini, who was set to miss the rest of the season after falling awkwardly in a challenge and dislocating his shoulder.
Liverpool climbed above Swansea into seventh in the table – and that is where they finished at the end of the season, 15 points and two places higher than the Swans.
Swansea went on to win the Capital One Cup final against Bradford City 5-0, meaning they secured their first ever major trophy and qualified for the UEFA Europa League in the process.