Klopp: Liverpool have 'defending approach' rather than attacking

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Jamie Carragher heaped praise on Roberto Firmino after the Brazilian helped to inspire Liverpool to a 5-0 thrashing of Swansea City in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

It took just six minutes for Liverpool to take the lead through Philippe Coutinho and the nerves were felt at Anfield when the Reds were only 1-0 up heading into the half time break. 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 mounted a counter of their own as they sought to mount a quick response, but a tame Wayne Routledge header produced a straight-forward save for Mignolet.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then added a fifth with a neat volley in the 82nd minute.

Swansea's defence hasn't been the source of their problems this year, and in fact only conceded three more than today's opponents prior to kickoff, but it didn't take long to see that this game was going to be one-way traffic and that the Swans would struggle. The Brazilian leaned to his left in order to give the inside of his right foot maximum purchase on the ball, and his shot nestled into the top corner.

Emre Can failed to test Fabianski after Kyle Naughton's misplaced pass created an opportunity for a second Liverpool goal, before Ragnar Klavan dived in to block a McBurnie strike at the other end as Swansea settled.

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Leon Britton's side needed to score at least once in order to get anything from this game, and had scored just 11 in 19 before this game. I could have done better with my end product a few times.

Germany global 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.

Firmino grabbed his second shortly after, tapping home into an empty net following unselfish work by Mohamed Salah.

Trent Alexander-Arnold threatened on the right wing all afternoon, and registered his first Premier League goal after bullying his way past Alfie Mawson in the area to blast home a powerful finish.

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.

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