Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho underlined his importance to the Reds ahead of the transfer window with a fine individual display in a comfortable 5-0 win over Premier League strugglers Swansea City on Tuesday, AFP reports.
Liverpool struggled to get going in the first 45 minutes before running riot in the second against a Swansea team that were again under the leadership of Leon Britton. Scouse fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold would get his Christmas wish as he thumped in third in front of the Kop and if that wasn't harsh enough on the visitors Firmino would add a second and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would bag his first goal at Anfield before the final whistle was blown. After giving up three goals in three shots against Arsenal, a highlight reel worthy save as the Belgian preserved his clean sheet should help with the confidence after it was given a knock at the Emirates Stadium.
"I have to be honest and say I didn't see that from a lot of players". It wasn't an easy game and I have no problem with that.
'I just want more out of myself.
Even when James Milner arrived in place of Robertson with 15-minutes remaining, reluctantly taking the arm-band from the star man in his role as the club's vice captain, the number 10's overall influence didn't wane.
"I could have scored in this situation!"
Liverpool moved back into the top four on Boxing Day after scoring five times against the relegation-threatened Swans at Anfield. Today it [the goal] wasn't so crucial as we were leading by a few but I need to keep doing that.
'After 55 minutes it was brilliant, before that it was work.
'The last half an hour was fantastic, a joy to watch, a very deserved win.
"If we play like we play in our good moments the boys will be in different situations and it will be easy to score like Firmino's second goal tonight".
"It's a flawless result for us, nobody injured, as far as I know, very important three points, five goals, clean sheet - it's all good". I'm really happy with what we learned from the game.