Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City: 5 talking points
Liverpool eased to a boxing day win over Swansea City to climb back to the fourth spot after Tottenham had temporarily jumped over them following their win over Southampton. After what was an okay first half, Liverpool turned on the style in the second half as a brace from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made it a one-sided scoreline.
Going into the game, there were presumptions that Klopp might rotate his squad once again, but rather surprisingly, he played a strong lineup which did the trick. The five goals scored took Liverpool's overall goals tall to 46, the second highest in the league and favourable results elsewhere meant they are now just five points off Manchester United who are in second.
Without further ado, here are the five talking points from the game.
#5 You don't play out from the back against Liverpool,
Quite a few teams have learned the way of playing against Liverpool. Swansea, on the other hand, shot themselves in the foot by deciding to play out from the back instead of going direct.
A team still stuck in a conundrum of how to go about their business, things are more uncertain under Leon Britton as he played under Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup, advocates of good football. Under the recently sacked Paul Clement, the club sort of changed their system, which would have suited them better against Liverpool.
Though Swansea have a capable player in Roque Mesa -- who can pick a pass -- it's never easy negotiating Liverpool's high press and the Welsh side found that out last night as they gave away the ball far too many times in their own half to go lose by a heavy margin.