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Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0

By SWEP_DafP  |  Posted: February 17, 2013

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup made seven changes to his side

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup made seven changes to his side

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SWANSEA City suffered their worst ever Premier League defeat as Liverpool, managed by the Swans' former boss Brendan Rodgers, romped to a 5-0 victory at Anfield.

A much-changed Swansea team were in utter disarray as Liverpool leapfrogged them in the table thanks to goals from Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho, Jose Enrique, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

With next Sunday's Capital One Cup in mind, Michael Laudrup made seven alterations to the side which had beaten Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

The rotation policy backfired, however, as a ragged Swans defence conceded five goals for the first time since winning promotion to the top flight in 2011.

Rodgers, meanwhile, named a full-strength line-up as he sought to end Liverpool's five-match winless streak with a first Premier League victory against the club he left last summer.

The contrasting selections were evidence of how differently the two sides viewed the significance of this tie. For Liverpool this was a precious opportunity to alleviate mounting pressure but, for Swansea, the game seemed little more than a pre-amble to next weekend's showpiece.

That disparity was apparent in the early stages of the match, as Liverpool had ten shots on goal inside the first 20 minutes, though none troubled Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

Laudrup's men were lucky not to concede a penalty after 24 minutes. Sturridge scampered into the Swans' box and got the better of Garry Monk before he was tripped by Kyle Bartley.

Referee Howard Webb ignored Liverpool's appeals and, amid the howls of protestation, Coutinho dragged his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

The pressure from the hosts was unrelenting, and they were rewarded for their perseverance ten minutes later when they took the lead from the penalty spot.

Swansea's Kemy Agustien felled Suarez with a clumsy challenge, and his lapse in concentration was punished as Gerrard swept his spot-kick into the bottom corner.

The goal sparked a period of pandemonium in the Swans' box, with Liverpool surging forward and the rattled visiting defence struggling to contain their rampant opponents.

It remained 1-0 until half time but, with less than 20 seconds of the second half played, Liverpool doubled their lead as Coutinho finished smartly from a Suarez pass to mark his full debut with a goal.

Rodgers's side then sealed victory five minutes later as Suarez and Sturridge combined artfully to set up Jose Enrique, the left-back making it 3-0 with a shot into the roof of the net.

Liverpool had failed to score against Swansea in their three previous Premier League encounters, but they were determined to make a mockery of that statistic here.

Suarez added a fourth with a swivel and a sweet left-footed finish and, after 71 minutes, the Reds compounded the Swans' misery with a second penalty.

Substitute Wayne Routledge was deemed to have handled the ball and this time Liverpool handed the spot-kick duties to Sturridge. The outcome was the same, as the former Chelsea forward converted emphatically from 12 yards to make it Swansea's reunion with Rodgers a glum one.

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  • perthswan_wa  |  February 18 2013, 1:53PM

    All of our fringe players have done well at some time during the season.The result against Liverpool meant there were too many out there playing together.2 or 3 Ok, as has been the case up to now. The thing is, we have had a routine that has worked with all the games that we have had to play.Then a trip to Dubai, and the debacle on Sunday. Come on Ml, get them back on track, and lets bring that trophy back. GO SWANS!!!

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  • bennyhill4  |  February 18 2013, 9:41AM

    Perthswan-wa and CroJack, ML spends all week with these players in training and can see what he thinks they are capable of.They play together every week in training, Coutino has never played with his team mates before but he did ok, so to use that as a reason is a non starter.If he had played more first team players and one or two were injured and missed the final fans would then be saying he should have rested them. Does it really matter whether we finish 6th or 7th ? is one place further up the league table worth risking the cup final for

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  • Philosoraptor  |  February 18 2013, 9:37AM

    I wouldn't have minded so much with sacrificing the game, I am just extremely disappointed that those who did play were absolutely woeful. It doesn't matter if the players were first string or second string, and they was a mixture of both, that performance was completely unacceptable. Those who are not playing week in week out had better start doing better, otherwise they can guarantee to find their names on the Transfer List. If no improvement is carried over to the summer, I can expect atleast 5 players to be shown the door.

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  • perthswan_wa  |  February 18 2013, 5:43AM

    'bennyhill' , are you seriously suggesting you agree with Laudrup's tactics. We as Swans fans have a right to voice our opinions & concerns when someone stuffs up as ML has, and we don't need someone telling us otherwise. And while we are not, like your good self,still wetting ourselves that we are in a final, we still dont like getting beaten & humiliated by anyone, especially Rodgers Reds.So please take your nauseating ass licking elsewhere. GO SWANS!!!

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  • abertawejack  |  February 18 2013, 1:19AM

    Bradford City have beaten PL sides to get where they are in the League Cup, so please give them due respect and YES, I'd be overly cautious as much as ML. I do believe though the selection for this mach was indeed a shambles, it was totally unfair to our replacement players, there were to many changes to warrant any success, but ML is our manager so in our manager we trust. but as was said earlier Michael...Please don't go there again, as I believe Liverpool require a little more respect, other than what was given them. C'mon u SwansssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssYeehaa.

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  • CroJack  |  February 17 2013, 10:40PM

    @bennyhill4 "The way you lot are moaning on here makes me think you either think you know better than ML or that he should be sacked." Michael Laudrup admitted he made mistake by replacing almost the whole squad with subs. None of us ever said he should be sacked. "Typical armchair critics who think that he's the best thing since sliced bread when the swans win, but useless when they lose." I think you are being rude here. I think also that we, as fans, are allowed to criticize our players and our gaffer. Remember, fans pay them to perform on the pitch, and a club is nothing without fans. Laudrup is neither a God or useless. "The team he selected should have put up a better performance than they did, and i suspect nobody is more disappointed and feels let down by the players than the manager does". I wouldn't blame players here. The 11 who started against Liverpool have never played together before. That's why you have pre-season preparations and friendly games - to improve communication on the pitch and to learn some patterns.

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  • Hadoken863234  |  February 17 2013, 10:16PM

    Benny, lets look at the facts. Our entire defence was made up of part time players and a 19 year old thrown into the deep end. When you look at the attacking quality liverpool have in suarez and sturridge alone, it was clearly going to buckle. Our attacking options were ITAY, who has contintually shown he not cut out at this level time after time. The fans reached this conclusion months ago, l am just sorry ML has not . So before we get started we have ZERO goal threat, and a defense which is less than perfect. Add in part time Kemy and new signing Lamah and it was a recope for disaster. I am not saying those players are rubbish in their own right, I am simply saying it was stupid to put out such a squad when the guys have had a week in the sun and have another week to recover before wembley. Its Bradford for gods sake, even if we picked up an injury today, and only had 3 days to recover, we should still be running rings around them. ML did this when we beat west brom, we looked stunning, then sohrtly after he messed with he squad again and it went belly up, we all know what the most effective squad is. I think everyone watching this game today blames ML far more than the team, cos he did not have to play such a high ratio of part time players. I think though, from the interview with him after, it was a reality check and he wont make that mistake ever again. You don't need sodding to recover when your opposition are bradford.

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  • wintertime  |  February 17 2013, 9:10PM

    I think this game answered some questions as to who might sneak into the matchday squad on Sunday and who deserve to be a sub - and who does not. ML might have considered playing Vorm instead of Tremmel as he considers Vorm to be his no. 1, but now he will stick with Tremmel, and so he should. ML does not seem to be entirely convinced by Rangel, so today was Tendiallis chance, but he blew it. Should be sub though. The manager said before the game he had 3 or 4 options if Chico can't play. We know the first two and they certainly didnt recommend themselves, so does he really have a 3rd option? I seriously doubt that he considers any but the two, and out of the two I would go for Monk. Yes partly for sentimental reasons, but also because he is less likely to show nerves on the big day than a teenager with less than 10 games below his belt. If Chico does play it will be a mighty gamble, but though Laudrup probably will resolve to it, if it's possible at all. He played an unfit Pablo for Getafe in the Spanish Cup Final, and it was a gamble that didn't pay off, but Chico's presence or not could turn into a major theme. By not playing Moore could have earned himself the right to be a presumably nonplaying sub at Wembley, Schecter certainly offered no reasons why he should be there, except in the stands. By offering us no outlet whatsoever he is a major reason why we failed today. Assuming ML does not go with the three wide men formation from the QPR game, at least at the start, which one of the three will be sub and which two will play. A fit Pablo will play as ML trusts him. So it will be either Dyer or Rout and it has looked for a while as if it would be Dyer on the bench. But Routledge's idiocy today could work against him. It will not be hard for seasoned players as ours to put the game behind us. They will and they should still provide us with a lot of fun in a week.

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  • bennyhill4  |  February 17 2013, 8:12PM

    The way you lot are moaning on here makes me think you either think you know better than ML or that he should be sacked. Typical armchair critics who think that he's the best thing since sliced bread when the swans win, but useless when they lose. The team he selected should have put up a better performance than they did, and i suspect nobody is more disappointed and feels let down by the players than the manager does

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  • CroJack  |  February 17 2013, 7:57PM

    What a joke. A week holiday in Dubai and a week more just to play cup final against 4th tier Bradford? We played every 3 days in december an january, and we did well. Liverpool played three days ago Euro League in Russia, and they blew us out of the pitch. We totally outplayed Arsenal in London, so we can play against so called big clubs when we play with the strongest squad. Players confidence must be down in the basement right now. I am so disappointed and I feel sorry for fans who travelled to London expecting a great effort from the strongest possible squad.

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