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Lallana double helps Liverpool rout Swansea 4-1

Lallana double helps Liverpool rout Swansea 4-1
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Adam Lallana fired Liverpool to their biggest home win of the season as the England midfielder’s brace inspired a 4-1 rout of Swansea on Monday. Brendan Rodgers’ side scored four for the first time since March thanks to Lallana’s second half double after Alberto Moreno had put the Reds ahead in the first half at Anfield.

Jonjo Shelvey’s own goal completed the demolition of lacklustre Swansea, who had briefly threatened a revival when Gylfi Sigurdsson struck to reduce the deficit to 2-1. As a result of their goal spree, the hosts climbed above Swansea into eighth place, five points behind fourth placed
Southampton in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

With one defeat in their last 10 matches in all competitions and Lallana finally showing the class that persuaded Rodgers to pay £25 million to sign him from Southampton.

Liverpool started brightly and Martin Skrtel towered above his marker at the far post to head straight at Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi. side made the breakthrough in the 33rd minute with a flowing move started and finished by Moreno. The Spanish left-back advanced to pick out Lallana, who in turn slipped Jordan Henderson into space on the left.  Moreno had carried on his run and met Henderson’s low cross into the six-yard box with a half-volley that crashed off Fabianski and into the net. Coutinho fired into the side-netting from a tight angle after a mazy run as Liverpool pushed for a second goal.

Swansea midfielder Shelvey was fortunate to escape punishment from referee Andre Marriner before half-time when he caught Can in the face with a flailing elbow.

Liverpool have struggled to kill off opponents this season but they were gifted a second goal in the 51st minute. Fabiasnki took an age on the ball after a back pass and his clearance smacked into Lallana and bounced over the embarrassed Swansea goalkeeper and into the net. The visitors got one back a minute later when Sigurdsson converted from close range after Wayne Routledge’s cross dropped kindly for the midfielder.

But moments later Wilfried Bony was unable to beat Mignolet and Liverpool took advantage to kill off Garry Monk’s men in the 61st minute. Coutinho’s deft flick sent Lallana through the midfield and he cut inside two defenders before striking low past Fabianski. Seven minutes later, Henderson’s right-wing corner was flicked into his own net by Shelvey to seal the win. There was still time for more controversy as Sterling flicked his hand in the direction of Federico Fernandez but avoided censure from Marriner.
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