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      Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping

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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #575: Feb 17, 2013 08:18:45 pm
      Still its brilliant to get a 5-0 under the belt, and it's further proof that the squad was always good enough to be in the mix of top four.

      Despite your better efforts to give no credit at all to Brendan after that it's unfair to then attempt to use the result as a case to prove your point. Sturridge and Coutinho weren't part of the group that you claim were good enough for top 4 (they weren't for the previous 3 seasons). Be careful how far you're willing to go to find criticism or you might be seen as simply having an agenda.

      While Brendan is defended too quickly by quite a few in my opinion, today demonstrated that given the players he wants the attacking side of our game is in very safe hands. The underselling of this performance seems rife and I'm disappointed to read it on here, it will be drummed into us from all other sources that we beat a very under strength team so the performance meant nothing. Well I buy none of that, the tempo, movement, intricate interplay and technique in our game combined with some excellent finishing would of been a challenge for anyone today.

      Some people cannot see a positive if it slaps them in the face it seems.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #576: Feb 17, 2013 08:28:45 pm
      Thanks RED Angel hope too I will keep posting till I leave Earth on this forum.

      And HEAR HEAR KOPITE LUKE
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #577: Feb 17, 2013 08:33:17 pm
      Like I said I'm well happy with the result, I felt the squad was good enough to compete with Arsenal and Spurs at the beginning of the season, and certainly better than WBA and Everton. Therefore adding Sturridge in January was a bonus for me. I also try not I compare one season with another, for example Spurs lost Modric and Arsenal Rvp, so we are not competing against the same teams.

      My only agenda is to see my team back where it belongs, as i do not like seeing LFC making its permanent residence in mid table, are you? Do I think BR is capable enough to get us back competing? No secret it's a no, but I really want him to prove me wrong, as I don't think FSG have the nerve or capability to appoint a top man, so losing Brendan is unlikely to strengthen us.

      I dont consider one good result against the Swansea side we faced today as a big positive in the grand scheme of things, unlike your good self, and neither did I blame BR for our last two losses, as the players didnt take their chances, so do wind your neck in KL.
      « Last Edit: Feb 17, 2013 08:45:14 pm by Redtrader »
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #578: Feb 17, 2013 08:37:24 pm
      Didn't see the game, caught it on the radio. Sounded like Swansea were brutal, heads off in the Wemberly clouds. And Laudrup didn't bother throwing guys on to turn it around. The quick goal by Coutinho after the break killed them off, was procession after that.
      That said, you gotta beat what's in front of you, and the guys did that well. Really good to get a win under the belt again. And good to see Coutinho get off the mark so soon, keep it up mate!
      Have to say though, still hurtin from the West Brom game, and frustrated with the up-down nature of the season. If only we could string a few of these together....
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #579: Feb 17, 2013 08:52:12 pm
      Haven't seen anything at all - was out with family today but really looking forward to MOtD2 - assuming it's on!!!

      Well in lads and BR.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #580: Feb 17, 2013 08:55:59 pm
      'We come not to play... consistently'
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #581: Feb 17, 2013 08:59:55 pm
      A distinct lack of credit is being given considering we have just won 5-0. Great performance and much needed after a terrible week. The media are going on how poor and understrengthed Swansea were. Fair enough they never had thier best side out but I don't seem to remember them mentioning that too much when Oldham knocked out a weakend Liverpool side in the cup a few weeks back.

      Very happy with what is a very welcome and much needed victory to go along with the performance for a change. It's worth mentioning that we cant get ahead of ourselves here, we are still very inconsistent and I hope that they are able to build on this result in terms of putting a bit of a run together in the league. Thats what the fan's need to see. Progress and improvement then maybe those doubting Rodger's will start to back him more. I can't remember the last time Liverpool won 4 or 5 league games on the bounce. That need's to start happening.

      Also after such a good result, I do not want to hear one word of 'Top Four' or ''Champions League'. The players are only heaping pressure on themselves and setting themselves up for a fall. I know that's where we would all like to be and need to strive for but it definitley dosen't help mentioning it every five minutes. Rodger's is guilty of this too after claiming we were aiming for 2nd not to long ago. For god sake it's the oldest saying in the book but it's true 'one game at a time' ... just f**king concentrate on winning each and every game as it comes and put your absolute all in to wearing the red shirt with pride and distinction.

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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #582: Feb 17, 2013 09:00:59 pm
      is that sarcasm or a knee jerk.
      Take a leaf outta Saint and instill some belief in yourself.  Sometimes I wonder if all this negative crap is having an indirect impact on our poor performances.  Negativity leads to Negativity.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #583: Feb 17, 2013 09:09:20 pm
      Well this might not save the season but it certainly saved the weekend  :)
      Hopefully this will be the start of a more stable period.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #584: Feb 17, 2013 09:23:14 pm
      Well all I have to say on the back of two loses we won!! not only won but with 5 goals from 5 different players  :scarf:
      Just hope this gave the players some much needed confidence back and we can continue the run, well made up with this result regardless of what people are saying about a weakened team a win is a win, nice work Redmen  :clap: :celebrate:
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #585: Feb 17, 2013 09:27:38 pm
      Well that was f**king Awesome. Wish we could stick the ball in the back of the net like that every week.

      Smashing job lads, don't give a f**k what team they put out, they never had a sniff.

      Made up with Steven for letting Daniel take that penalty. Great gesture from the Captain.

      Congrats to Coutinho for his first LFC goal on his full debut. Gutted when he went off. Thought him, Suarez and Daniel were really starting to click together.

      +15 goal difference might come in handy come the end of the season, so keep sticking that ball in the back of the net lads.

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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #586: Feb 17, 2013 09:29:02 pm
      Football first is going to be amazing tnite
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #587: Feb 17, 2013 09:39:44 pm
      great game by the lads... them and all of us really needed a strong showing after last week :D

      btw saw this from the Swansea boss

      '"I wanted to leave a few out but that's not an excuse, we could have lost 10-0. We are all to blame, starting with me and the players," Laudrup said.

      "It was a nightmare, we got slaughtered out there. First half we were still in the game but to give away three goals like that in 10 minutes at the start of the second half was terrible, we have to say sorry to the fans."

      props to Laudrup for owning up.  Refreshing to say the least.  Like I've said many times in the past, I am a BR fan but his unrealistic spin on losses is starting to bug me a bit hehe.  Nonetheless, he was definitely able to get teh 'right reaction' today and hope him all the best to keep the team motivated!  Maybe not top 4 but Europe hopefully.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #588: Feb 17, 2013 09:50:04 pm
      Normally like this fella's post match articles but not too sure about this one.

      See what you think:

      Little new as Swansea are put to the sword
      By Kristian Walsh

      As unlikely as it seems, a comprehensive 5-0 victory revealed little for Liverpool on a leisurely winter afternoon at Anfield.
       
      There will be efforts to declare this as a further sign of progress or disregard it as a result expected against an understrength Swansea side. In truth, it deserves neither superlatives nor scorn. It was a routine victory against a team fundamentally low on confidence, their selection essentially confirming non-selection for their League Cup final next weekend. This was a team not playing for places -- nor pride, it seemed -- as heads dropped from the first whistle.
       
      - Match report: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea

      But they still had to be beaten. Monday night marked a game in which defeat seemed unthinkable against a West Bromwich Albion side without a win since Boxing Day. Lesson learned, perhaps, though there is still much more education to come.
       
      With Daniel Sturridge returning from injury to support Luis Suarez, Liverpool rattled off 23 shots in the first 45 minutes. That it yielded only one goal -- a Steven Gerrard penalty -- is the perfect tale of the tape for Liverpool's season. Chances aplenty, misses aplenty. That was soon rectified in the second half as the flat-track bullying commenced.
       
      Philippe Coutinho, an ever-growing presence in the game on his first start, notched his first goal with a deft shoulder-drop; Jose Enrique turned into his cartoonish best as he flicked and tricked his way into the box, lashing his right-footed shot high into the net. Five minutes after the restart, the game was over; within 15, it had become embarrassing for Swansea, as Suarez floated, glided and slipped through the defence to make it 4-0.
       
      By the time Sturridge scored from the spot to make it 5-0, everything that was already known became even clearer. Suarez is phenomenal, so too is his telekinetic relationship with the football; Sturridge's pace and touch transforms the front line; Gerrard's renaissance in the midfield continues to excite; the defence, when facing smaller players and protected by the midfield, can keep clean sheets.
       
      Nothing new there, then. No eyes opened further, no minds slammed shut. This season's oft-repeated, trite and untrue statistic of Liverpool not beating a top-10 side -- West Ham were 10th when they triumphed 3-2 in December -- is no more. But a cynic could claim this team was not in the top 10, either, but rather sat on the bench or were wearing suits in the stands.
       
      The only thing that may have changed is the romanticised view of Swansea boss Michael Laudrup which many Liverpool fans seem to possess, irrespective of poor team selection.
       
      When Brendan Rodgers sits in the dugout and scribbles on his notepad, try to cast a glance over his shoulder. He would be forgiven for simply drawing horns on a photograph of Laudrup.
       
      Liverpool have faced a number of issues so far this season, not all self-inflicted. Laudrup may be the biggest one of that kind. Not only did he architect victory over Liverpool in the League Cup in October, but the Dane's chiseled chin casts a shadow over Rodgers with every movement as he peers over his predecessor.
       
      Plainly put, Swansea are enjoying a better season than Liverpool. They're enjoying it full stop. That's without caveating the relative success of the two sides, either. Forget the trophy cabinets and highlight reels of yesteryear. Up until Sunday, Swansea were above Liverpool, and despite the 5-0 hammering, look set to dance around Wembley with trophy in hand. That is something Rodgers' side won't be doing this season.
       
      Every defeat for Liverpool prompts its detractors to glance toward the table, cup final and dugout. In a season in which Liverpool have not climbed higher than seventh, some regard this cellar-dwelling as contemptible. That Rodgers' old side has flourished after his departure and sat above his new one nags and needles even more.
       
      Over the past few seasons, Liverpool has been a club engulfed by disenchantment. Every mistake from a defender is not just debated, but dwelt upon. Every miss from a striker prompts not only heads in hands, but heads driven into heavy objects nearby. Reality, in all its brutishness, is never enough; what if? is always the big, right hook after the deadening jab of what is.
       
      So it has proved for Rodgers. Each defeat is suffixed by some with mutterings of Laudrup, the manager who is usurping Rodgers' efforts in Wales last season. That villainous hindsight strikes once more. Though the 40-year-old would have been on few short lists when the job became available, Laudrup was not a name shouted from the tower, either. He won the double at Brondy in Denmark and took Spanish side Getafe to the UEFA Cup quarterfinals, but did little of note at Spartak Moscow and Mallorca. Much like Rodgers, he is a young manager yet to prove himself at the highest level.
       
      But Rodgers was not a player of supreme majesty. Nobody played football in their gardens to mimic the Northern Irishman, recreating his goals at World Cups gone by. Rodgers never even had his own Panini sticker. He talks about tactics and triangles in great detail, his face forever furrowed. Laudrup breezes through interviews with a suave smile, shrug of the shoulders and flick of his faultless hair. That Laudrup guided Swansea to seventh in the league and a point above Liverpool adds to the mystique.
       
      This is not to get dragged into the murky world of comparisons. Plenty of mud has been slung already with not even a season played. But there can be no denying that the Laudrup presence at Swansea has made things more difficult for Rodgers and easier for those who think he is not of sound disposition to manage the Anfield club.
       
      The rancour toward Rodgers will not change with this 5-0 win, but maybe eyes focusing elsewhere may turn a lighter shade of green.
       
      But if Liverpool have discovered anything this season, it is that a good result can easily be followed by a poor one. They should never get swept up in the waves of euphoria, nor washed up on the rocks by the tide of despair. Success over 90 minutes guarantees little, least of all consistency.
       
      In a game in which a lot happened but little was learned, perhaps that should be the lesson above all -- and the solution can be worked upon over the next few weeks, with no league game until March.

      http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/liverpool/id/655?cc=5739
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #589: Feb 17, 2013 10:00:11 pm
      Brilliant match with every player playing there part today. Thought Lucas was fantastic until he went off and we have found a little gem in Coutinho. More of the same please lad!

      Sturridge was unlucky not to score more I thought especially the way he was clinically fouled in the first half for the penalty that wasn't given! If that would have gone in think we would of had one of the goals of the season there. Can't complain with that today regardless of what XI Swansea put out.

      Just wish the two fellas who sat behind me stopped acting as commentators in the Lower Annie today as they really did annoy the f**k out of me and Gow! I can see the players and know who they are you pair of beauts!!
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #590: Feb 17, 2013 10:01:11 pm
      Normally like this fella's post match articles but not too sure about this one.

      See what you think:

      Little new as Swansea are put to the sword
      By Kristian Walsh

      As unlikely as it seems, a comprehensive 5-0 victory revealed little for Liverpool on a leisurely winter afternoon at Anfield.
       
      There will be efforts to declare this as a further sign of progress or disregard it as a result expected against an understrength Swansea side. In truth, it deserves neither superlatives nor scorn. It was a routine victory against a team fundamentally low on confidence, their selection essentially confirming non-selection for their League Cup final next weekend. This was a team not playing for places -- nor pride, it seemed -- as heads dropped from the first whistle.
       
      - Match report: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea

      But they still had to be beaten. Monday night marked a game in which defeat seemed unthinkable against a West Bromwich Albion side without a win since Boxing Day. Lesson learned, perhaps, though there is still much more education to come.
       
      With Daniel Sturridge returning from injury to support Luis Suarez, Liverpool rattled off 23 shots in the first 45 minutes. That it yielded only one goal -- a Steven Gerrard penalty -- is the perfect tale of the tape for Liverpool's season. Chances aplenty, misses aplenty. That was soon rectified in the second half as the flat-track bullying commenced.
       
      Philippe Coutinho, an ever-growing presence in the game on his first start, notched his first goal with a deft shoulder-drop; Jose Enrique turned into his cartoonish best as he flicked and tricked his way into the box, lashing his right-footed shot high into the net. Five minutes after the restart, the game was over; within 15, it had become embarrassing for Swansea, as Suarez floated, glided and slipped through the defence to make it 4-0.
       
      By the time Sturridge scored from the spot to make it 5-0, everything that was already known became even clearer. Suarez is phenomenal, so too is his telekinetic relationship with the football; Sturridge's pace and touch transforms the front line; Gerrard's renaissance in the midfield continues to excite; the defence, when facing smaller players and protected by the midfield, can keep clean sheets.
       
      Nothing new there, then. No eyes opened further, no minds slammed shut. This season's oft-repeated, trite and untrue statistic of Liverpool not beating a top-10 side -- West Ham were 10th when they triumphed 3-2 in December -- is no more. But a cynic could claim this team was not in the top 10, either, but rather sat on the bench or were wearing suits in the stands.
       
      The only thing that may have changed is the romanticised view of Swansea boss Michael Laudrup which many Liverpool fans seem to possess, irrespective of poor team selection.
       
      When Brendan Rodgers sits in the dugout and scribbles on his notepad, try to cast a glance over his shoulder. He would be forgiven for simply drawing horns on a photograph of Laudrup.
       
      Liverpool have faced a number of issues so far this season, not all self-inflicted. Laudrup may be the biggest one of that kind. Not only did he architect victory over Liverpool in the League Cup in October, but the Dane's chiseled chin casts a shadow over Rodgers with every movement as he peers over his predecessor.
       
      Plainly put, Swansea are enjoying a better season than Liverpool. They're enjoying it full stop. That's without caveating the relative success of the two sides, either. Forget the trophy cabinets and highlight reels of yesteryear. Up until Sunday, Swansea were above Liverpool, and despite the 5-0 hammering, look set to dance around Wembley with trophy in hand. That is something Rodgers' side won't be doing this season.
       
      Every defeat for Liverpool prompts its detractors to glance toward the table, cup final and dugout. In a season in which Liverpool have not climbed higher than seventh, some regard this cellar-dwelling as contemptible. That Rodgers' old side has flourished after his departure and sat above his new one nags and needles even more.
       
      Over the past few seasons, Liverpool has been a club engulfed by disenchantment. Every mistake from a defender is not just debated, but dwelt upon. Every miss from a striker prompts not only heads in hands, but heads driven into heavy objects nearby. Reality, in all its brutishness, is never enough; what if? is always the big, right hook after the deadening jab of what is.
       
      So it has proved for Rodgers. Each defeat is suffixed by some with mutterings of Laudrup, the manager who is usurping Rodgers' efforts in Wales last season. That villainous hindsight strikes once more. Though the 40-year-old would have been on few short lists when the job became available, Laudrup was not a name shouted from the tower, either. He won the double at Brondy in Denmark and took Spanish side Getafe to the UEFA Cup quarterfinals, but did little of note at Spartak Moscow and Mallorca. Much like Rodgers, he is a young manager yet to prove himself at the highest level.
       
      But Rodgers was not a player of supreme majesty. Nobody played football in their gardens to mimic the Northern Irishman, recreating his goals at World Cups gone by. Rodgers never even had his own Panini sticker. He talks about tactics and triangles in great detail, his face forever furrowed. Laudrup breezes through interviews with a suave smile, shrug of the shoulders and flick of his faultless hair. That Laudrup guided Swansea to seventh in the league and a point above Liverpool adds to the mystique.
       
      This is not to get dragged into the murky world of comparisons. Plenty of mud has been slung already with not even a season played. But there can be no denying that the Laudrup presence at Swansea has made things more difficult for Rodgers and easier for those who think he is not of sound disposition to manage the Anfield club.
       
      The rancour toward Rodgers will not change with this 5-0 win, but maybe eyes focusing elsewhere may turn a lighter shade of green.
       
      But if Liverpool have discovered anything this season, it is that a good result can easily be followed by a poor one. They should never get swept up in the waves of euphoria, nor washed up on the rocks by the tide of despair. Success over 90 minutes guarantees little, least of all consistency.
       
      In a game in which a lot happened but little was learned, perhaps that should be the lesson above all -- and the solution can be worked upon over the next few weeks, with no league game until March.

      http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/liverpool/id/655?cc=5739

      Put simply that article seriously lacks a sense of relativity. It's one thing moving into a club in the ascendency where Championship promotion and Premier League establishment was achieved within two seasons. It's another thing altogether taking over a team on the back of 3 successive seasons of massive underachievement and no traction going forwards, indeed in the eyes of many continuously going backwards. Establishing the context of your subject(s) surely has to be one of the first things football writers should learn? Poor, shoddy journalism in my view. I can't judge Kristian Walsh overall as a writer but that's a careless piece.

      It's inevitable Swansea would find a match in the table with us at this point of the season. They've been stable, established for as long a time we have been unstable and disestablished. Despite it all we still know we are the better side. We just haven't come near enough to finding that remedy the way Swansea have done so successfully.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #591: Feb 17, 2013 10:04:41 pm
      Fantastic result and performance.

      Brendan deserves a lot of credit today. We were ruthless.

      Is the game reshown at 12 on LFCtv? definitely worth watching again.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #592: Feb 17, 2013 10:10:03 pm
      Normally like this fella's post match articles but not too sure about this one.

      See what you think:

      Little new as Swansea are put to the sword
      By Kristian Walsh

      As unlikely as it seems, a comprehensive 5-0 victory revealed little for Liverpool on a leisurely winter afternoon at Anfield.
       
      There will be efforts to declare this as a further sign of progress or disregard it as a result expected against an understrength Swansea side. In truth, it deserves neither superlatives nor scorn. It was a routine victory against a team fundamentally low on confidence, their selection essentially confirming non-selection for their League Cup final next weekend. This was a team not playing for places -- nor pride, it seemed -- as heads dropped from the first whistle.
       
      - Match report: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea

      But they still had to be beaten. Monday night marked a game in which defeat seemed unthinkable against a West Bromwich Albion side without a win since Boxing Day. Lesson learned, perhaps, though there is still much more education to come.
       
      With Daniel Sturridge returning from injury to support Luis Suarez, Liverpool rattled off 23 shots in the first 45 minutes. That it yielded only one goal -- a Steven Gerrard penalty -- is the perfect tale of the tape for Liverpool's season. Chances aplenty, misses aplenty. That was soon rectified in the second half as the flat-track bullying commenced.
       
      Philippe Coutinho, an ever-growing presence in the game on his first start, notched his first goal with a deft shoulder-drop; Jose Enrique turned into his cartoonish best as he flicked and tricked his way into the box, lashing his right-footed shot high into the net. Five minutes after the restart, the game was over; within 15, it had become embarrassing for Swansea, as Suarez floated, glided and slipped through the defence to make it 4-0.
       
      By the time Sturridge scored from the spot to make it 5-0, everything that was already known became even clearer. Suarez is phenomenal, so too is his telekinetic relationship with the football; Sturridge's pace and touch transforms the front line; Gerrard's renaissance in the midfield continues to excite; the defence, when facing smaller players and protected by the midfield, can keep clean sheets.
       
      Nothing new there, then. No eyes opened further, no minds slammed shut. This season's oft-repeated, trite and untrue statistic of Liverpool not beating a top-10 side -- West Ham were 10th when they triumphed 3-2 in December -- is no more. But a cynic could claim this team was not in the top 10, either, but rather sat on the bench or were wearing suits in the stands.
       
      The only thing that may have changed is the romanticised view of Swansea boss Michael Laudrup which many Liverpool fans seem to possess, irrespective of poor team selection.
       
      When Brendan Rodgers sits in the dugout and scribbles on his notepad, try to cast a glance over his shoulder. He would be forgiven for simply drawing horns on a photograph of Laudrup.
       
      Liverpool have faced a number of issues so far this season, not all self-inflicted. Laudrup may be the biggest one of that kind. Not only did he architect victory over Liverpool in the League Cup in October, but the Dane's chiseled chin casts a shadow over Rodgers with every movement as he peers over his predecessor.
       
      Plainly put, Swansea are enjoying a better season than Liverpool. They're enjoying it full stop. That's without caveating the relative success of the two sides, either. Forget the trophy cabinets and highlight reels of yesteryear. Up until Sunday, Swansea were above Liverpool, and despite the 5-0 hammering, look set to dance around Wembley with trophy in hand. That is something Rodgers' side won't be doing this season.
       
      Every defeat for Liverpool prompts its detractors to glance toward the table, cup final and dugout. In a season in which Liverpool have not climbed higher than seventh, some regard this cellar-dwelling as contemptible. That Rodgers' old side has flourished after his departure and sat above his new one nags and needles even more.
       
      Over the past few seasons, Liverpool has been a club engulfed by disenchantment. Every mistake from a defender is not just debated, but dwelt upon. Every miss from a striker prompts not only heads in hands, but heads driven into heavy objects nearby. Reality, in all its brutishness, is never enough; what if? is always the big, right hook after the deadening jab of what is.
       
      So it has proved for Rodgers. Each defeat is suffixed by some with mutterings of Laudrup, the manager who is usurping Rodgers' efforts in Wales last season. That villainous hindsight strikes once more. Though the 40-year-old would have been on few short lists when the job became available, Laudrup was not a name shouted from the tower, either. He won the double at Brondy in Denmark and took Spanish side Getafe to the UEFA Cup quarterfinals, but did little of note at Spartak Moscow and Mallorca. Much like Rodgers, he is a young manager yet to prove himself at the highest level.
       
      But Rodgers was not a player of supreme majesty. Nobody played football in their gardens to mimic the Northern Irishman, recreating his goals at World Cups gone by. Rodgers never even had his own Panini sticker. He talks about tactics and triangles in great detail, his face forever furrowed. Laudrup breezes through interviews with a suave smile, shrug of the shoulders and flick of his faultless hair. That Laudrup guided Swansea to seventh in the league and a point above Liverpool adds to the mystique.
       
      This is not to get dragged into the murky world of comparisons. Plenty of mud has been slung already with not even a season played. But there can be no denying that the Laudrup presence at Swansea has made things more difficult for Rodgers and easier for those who think he is not of sound disposition to manage the Anfield club.
       
      The rancour toward Rodgers will not change with this 5-0 win, but maybe eyes focusing elsewhere may turn a lighter shade of green.
       
      But if Liverpool have discovered anything this season, it is that a good result can easily be followed by a poor one. They should never get swept up in the waves of euphoria, nor washed up on the rocks by the tide of despair. Success over 90 minutes guarantees little, least of all consistency.
       
      In a game in which a lot happened but little was learned, perhaps that should be the lesson above all -- and the solution can be worked upon over the next few weeks, with no league game until March.

      http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/liverpool/id/655?cc=5739

      It's an article that in the cold light of day tomorrow morning, or even the day after, may make a lot more sense but right now I'm still buzzing about how well we played today.

      The first time in a while where I've really enjoyed watching football.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #593: Feb 17, 2013 10:18:09 pm
      Nope not having none of what that journalist said.  BR won't give a crap about swansea or laudrup are doing.  He's got bigger problems of his own to sort out pronto for us.  Utter and Complete Jibe.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #594: Feb 17, 2013 10:27:12 pm
      Superb performance, superb win. Same against Zenit please.


      Not again!

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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #595: Feb 17, 2013 10:46:19 pm
      Superb performance, superb win. Same against Zenit please.

      Not again!



      Came on to talk about the game....


      Quickly leaving....

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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #596: Feb 17, 2013 10:50:30 pm
      That Borini injury sounds just as painful the second time.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #597: Feb 17, 2013 11:04:07 pm
      That Borini injury sounds just as painful the second time.

      Yep. Read that he's dislocated his shoulder in a slip and thought to myself, ah the clumsy f**ker! Then heard Brendan say he'd done the same thing on the other shoulder before.... Tip to Fabio: Don't slide in for the ball. ;)
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #598: Feb 17, 2013 11:18:39 pm
      Happy Happy Happy.......loved being on the Kop today right behind the goal  8)

      Lovely sunny day

      Coutinho making his full debut and what a goal

      Made up for Stevie scoring the pen after the missed one against WBA, he hadn't lost his bottle  ;) Far to professional for that

      Suarez scoring after a baron spell in front of goal was a joy to see

      Boss goal from Enrique (the best of the day) what a beast he is....needs to play further up field on Thursday, he can do some damage to Zenit

      Great to see Sturridge score from the penalty spot, need to have another penalty taker other than Gerrard in case he's injured etc

      Good positive performance to set us up ready for Thursday

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      Sad to see Borini go off and now his season's over, nasty injury  :(

      Webb wasn't going to give us either of those pens, it was the lineman who flagged them, webb was walking away  :mad:

      We should have had a pen when Sturridge was bundled over before Suarez got the pen

      All in all, very happy and it was a good atmosphere on the KOP today.
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      Re: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: In-game & post-match jaw-dropping
      Reply #599: Feb 17, 2013 11:25:25 pm
      Happy Happy Happy.......loved being on the Kop today right behind the goal  8)

      Lovely sunny day

      Coutinho making his full debut and what a goal

      Made up for Stevie scoring the pen after the missed one against WBA, he hadn't lost his bottle  ;) Far to professional for that

      Suarez scoring after a baron spell in front of goal was a joy to see

      Boss goal from Enrique (the best of the day) what a beast he is....needs to play further up field on Thursday, he can do some damage to Zenit

      Great to see Sturridge score from the penalty spot, need to have another penalty taker other than Gerrard in case he's injured etc

      Good positive performance to set us up ready for Thursday

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      Sad to see Borini go off and now his season's over, nasty injury  :(

      Webb wasn't going to give us either of those pens, it was the lineman who flagged them, webb was walking away  :mad:

      We should have had a pen when Sturridge was bundled over before Suarez got the pen

      All in all, very happy and it was a good atmosphere on the KOP today.

      You got a great day for it Cas, lets hope we see some more of it . That Scousinho lad is a cracker of a signing aswell .

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