Liverpool beat Swansea City 5-0 in English soccer’s Premier League to end a five-match winless run.
Steven Gerrard opened the scoring with a penalty in the 34th minute at Anfield yesterday and the other goals came from Philippe Coutinho in his debut, Jose Enrique, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge with another penalty.
Liverpool’s first victory in a month lifted it two places to seventh in the Premier League standings. The Reds lost their last league game 2-0 at home to West Brom and went down by the same score at Zenit St. Petersburg in a Europa League round of 32 opener four days ago.
“It was an important three points,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told reporters. “We’ve had a bumpy road this week, but the Premier League is very important for us and we knew we had to show focus and determination. It was a fantastic performance.”
Rodgers said that Italian forward Fabio Borini dislocated his shoulder when he fell six minutes after coming on as a substitute and may miss the rest of the season.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup fielded a weakened lineup as his team prepares for the Feb. 24 League Cup final against Bradford City. Michu, with 15 goals, was left out along with defender Ashley Williams as Laudrup made seven changes.
“You can’t put it only on those two,” Laudrup told reporters. “There were still some very good players on the pitch who had performed a lot of other times.”
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm saved Swansea from a worse beating, Laudrup added.
“We could have lost 7-0 or 8-0 easily had it not been for Michel Vorm, and that is not good enough,” he said.