Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Sports | By Toni Houston

Liverpool boss Klopp holding talks with Mignolet over form and focus

Liverpool boss Klopp holding talks with Mignolet over form and focus

Liverpool strolled past Swansea City on Boxing Day, stuffing their opponents 5-0 en route to their 11th straight unbeaten game in the Premier League.

The Welsh club, who handed striker Oli McBurnie his full Premier League debut, have averaged just two shots on target per match this season but had achieved that by the 20th minute on Merseyside. Ayew had Mignolet scrambling across his box at the start of the second half, but the save was much easier than the Belgian stopper made it look.

Swansea's response should have been immediate, but Jordan Ayew headed straight at Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Coutinho's arcing shot from the edge of the penalty area which had just enough curl on it to take it inside the far post.

"Not a fantastic first half for Trent as well [as the rest of the team], but second half he stepped up and played really well".

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The result moves Liverpool a point clear of Spurs, while Swansea - still under the caretaker charge of Leon Britton following the sacking of Paul Clement last week - remain at the foot of the table and five points from safety.

Liverpool's young right-back Alexander-Arnold scored Liverpool's third, and second stunning goal of the night in front of the Kop. The goals came because we let them cross, which is what happens in a football game. Keeping things secure at the other end consistently while the goals continue to fly in will surely see Klopp's team to a top-four finish.

Swansea had a good spell of possession but Liverpool never looked anxious defensively, and equally the home side were creating chances with Emre Can, Firminoand Salah at the other end.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain capped a dominant evening for the home side when he volleyed his first Premier League goal for Liverpool over Lukasz Fabianski. "The first half was not too bad: we grew into game, got a little bit of confidence, but after we conceded the second goal all belief and confidence drained from the players".

Congratulations @trentaa98 and @Alex_OxChambo on your first Anfield goals! "Overall it could have been better", the former Arsenal star continued.

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