Monday afternoon witnessed Brendan Rodgers facing his former club Swansea City at Anfield. With the vociferous Anfield faithfuls urging the home side, they managed to comfortably clinch a 4-1 victory where couple of summer signings offered noteworthy contributions. Moreover, the Liverpool boss hailed his side who demonstrated glibness and attack minded football which earned them a runner up finish last season. The victory made The Reds to end 2014 in the eight position, equal points with the visitors plus five points away from the fourth place. Boldly playing a 3-4-2-1 formation, they are finally converting chances and look composed without their legendary skipper, Steven Gerrard. If the five times European Champions continue to outcast morale-boosting performances like this, their utmost quest is highly achievable.
The Swans were also unlucky as Frenchman Gomis’s long effort hit the crossbar in the second half. The biggest misery for Gary Monk would be Jonjo Shelvey who was once again generous for his former club, scoring an own goal resulting from a corner. In addition, he was somewhat lucky to remain on the pitch after a disgraceful elbow on Emre Can. While he escaped a red card, it is the sort of incident the FA could review which might lead for suspension.
Raheem Sterling – The England international linked up well with Coutinho and Lallana upfront, highly unlucky as his left footed strike only found the woodwork.
Adam Lallana – The former Southampton man justifies his massive transfer fee with inspiring performances lately. Lallana’s boundless running was rewarded when Lukasz Fabianski whacked his clearance onto the 26-year old, which looped in from 20 yards. Luck favours the brave! He then scored the second goal with a superb strike after some fine skills, being his 4th goal in 12 starts this season. A decent option for the dream team!
Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Iceland midfielder capitalized from somewhat sloppy defending by Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel to notch in The Swans only goal of the day.
Wayne Routledge – The 29-year old’s cross caused chaos in Liverpool’s defense which led to Sigurdsson goal. He took on The Reds back line vigorously in the left hand flank.
Philippe Coutinho – The mercurial midfield was lively and dominant in the middle of the park with numerous shoots on target. The Brazilian’s cheeky back-heel flick got Lallana’s second goal.
Lucas Leiva – The robust holding midfielder did his primary job superbly with couple of vital interventions.
Alberto Moreno – The former Sevilla left-back showed his attacking quality once again, finishing a well worked team goal.
Emre Can – The auxiliary defender against Burnley, the German midfielder coped his unfamiliar role brilliantly, solid and unruffled.
Lukasz Fabianski – Despite a surprising error that led to Liverpool’s second goal, the Poland international made numerous fine saves to deny further humiliation.