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LALLANA DOUBLE SINKS SWANS

Adam Lallana bagged a brace as Liverpool thumped Swansea City 4-1 at Anfield, on a night Jonjo Shelvey will want to forget. Alberto Moreno gave the Merseysiders the lead in the first half before Lallana’s double. Shelvey headed past his own ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski from a Jordan Henderson corner to round off the win for Brendan Rodgers’ side, who move level on points with the Swans.

Shelvey, who was facing his former side, could also face retrospective disciplinary action from the FA after he appeared to hit out at Liverpool defender Emre Can.

Liverpool took the lead after a slick passing move resulted in Jordan Henderson picking out Lallana on the right-hand side of the box, his ball across the six yard box was met by the on rushing Moreno who, despite fluffing his finish, was able to beat Fabianski from close range.

The ex-Sevilla full back had earlier almost set up Raheem Sterling for the opener, his cross from the left had been met by the England international, but his half volley was beaten away by Fabianski and, after the ball ricocheted around the penalty area, Lallana blazed over from 8 yards out.

The home side had only been able to create half chances between then and the opener, Phillippe Coutinho first had a tame shot easily stopped by Fabianski, then saw an ambitious long range effort from wide left whistle past the post.

Swansea struggled to create any clear cut chances in the first half themselves; a miscued shot from Nathan Dyer following a free kick and a wild attempt from Wilfried Bony that sailed harmlessly over the bar the only times they threatened through the first forty-five minutes.

Lallana’s first goal of the night came in bizarre circumstances, after Swansea played the ball backwards following a throw in, the ball arrived at Fabianski’s feet and the Polish ‘keeper’s clearance struck the ex-Southampton midfielder, who had covered the ground to close him down. The ball looped back over Fabianski and into the net to put the Reds 2-0 up.

The visitor’s reply was almost immediate, Wayne Routledge crossed for Bony, who was beaten to the ball by Mamadou Sakho, but the defender’s header was poor and fell straight to Gylfi Sigurdsson, who hammered home from close range.

Bony forced a save out of Mignolet a matter of seconds after the restart as the match caught fire. Sterling then struck the post after a swift counter attack, Henderson provided an inch perfect cross for the 20 year-old, who was unlucky not to score.

Liverpool did restore their two goal buffer shortly after, Lallana played a delightful one-two with Coutinho outside the Swansea box before taking the ball past Federico Fernandes and Angel Rangel and slotting it into the back of the net.

Shelvey’s own goal on 70 minutes all but killed off the Welsh side, who slip one place in the table to ninth. Bafetimbi Gomis did cause Pool some problems at the back when he came on for the ineffective Bony, hitting the bar and firing just wide late on.

Liverpool climb above Swansea into eighth place in the table, but Swans boss Garry Monk may be keeping his fingers crossed that nothing more comes of the Shelvey incident.

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