New signing Philippe Coutinho marked his Liverpool debut with a goal as Liverpool thrashed a Swansea reserve side at Anfield 5-0.
With a chance to win the clubs first big domestic trophy next week at Wembley in the Capital One Final, Swansea gave the impression of a side not interested.
But Liverpool still had to perform and take their chances, something they have struggled to do this season.
Ad they got off to a good start when Kemy Agustien’s unnecessary challenge on Luis Suarez close to the touchline brought about the opener, with the assistant referee immediately flagged for a penalty. Steven Gerrard, having failed from the spot in front of the Kop against West Brom, went for the opposite corner and succeeded in beating Michel Vorm for Liverpool’s first goal.
Swansea had shown little threat in the opening 45 minutes and any ideas they may have had about staging a comeback were endedwithin ten minutes of the restart. In truth, the 16 seconds it took the 20-year-old Coutinho to skip through the visitors’ defence and beat Vorm was all that was required.
However, a well-worked goal saw Enrique poke home Sturridge’s pass before Suarez went past both Swansea’s centre-backs to fire home the fourth.
The Reds ploughed forward almost at will with Swansea seemingly powerless to stop them or provide any effective response of their own. After being denied on multiple occasions, Sturridge finally got his goal but only courtesy of the generosity of Gerrard who relinquished penalty duties when substitute Wayne Routledge handled.
Liverpool have now scored 17 goals in their last five home games with only the two conceded against West Brom spoiling a perfect run at Anfield. With this win they moved to within nine points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.