Klopp under orders to play Alexander-Arnold... from his mum

Klopp under orders to play Alexander-Arnold... from his mum

It allowed Liverpool to regain fourth place after Tottenham's victory earlier in the day but left Swansea five points from safety after a seventh successive away defeat.

Liverpool's passing combinations at pace were too much for the visitors, who couldn't track Coutinho's movement nor stay with Mohamed Salah's pace.

Coutinho, restored to an advanced role in Liverpool's attacking triumvirate, cut inside onto his right foot and curled a sumptuous shot into the top right corner of the net, which Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could only stand and admire.

Seven minutes into the second period Firmino volley in Coutinho's free-kick at the far post.

The first half was littered with occasional flurries of attacking play, but Coutinho's moment of magic was the only moment the crowd were able to rouse themselves from their Boxing Day hangovers. The goals came because we let them cross, which is what happens in a football game.

It did not take Liverpool long to assert their authority against the Premier League's bottom club.

"So we had these few problems and in the second half we did it better".

Jurgen Klopp's side have not lost a Premier League game since the end of October, but their defensive frailties have often been their undoing this season. Either way, it was a statement of intent from the South Wales club that they were here to give it a go, and caretaker manager Leon Britton prowled the touchline offering quiet encouragement to his players, and dishing out team instructions.

Trent Alexander-Arnold added the third when Andrew Robertson's cross was only half cleared.

Germany worldwide midfielder Emre Can has retained expected to retain his place in Klopp's starting eleven after providing the assist for his side's third goal against Arsenal.

Oxlade-Chamberlain then put the gloss on the performance by scoring Liverpool's sixth eight minutes from time. They want to defend first of all, because I know that's the basis for everything.