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Liverpool rediscover flair after Adam Lallana’s double sinks Swansea

Liverpool ended 2014 as they began it. Their defence can still cause palpitations from the most harmless situations but, more importantly for Brendan Rodgers, the relentless attacking threat that underpinned their title challenge and then went awol made its return against Swansea City.

Garry Monk’s men, like so many at Anfield last season, struggled to find a solution. Swansea contributed to their own demise with Lukasz Fabianski handing one goal to Adam Lallana and Jonjo Shelvey completing the scoring for his former club. There could be further punishment for the Swansea midfielder from the Football Association after he threw an arm into the face of Emre Can. Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, too, may be sweating for raising a hand to his provocateur Federico Fernández, but otherwise this was a performance to savour from the forward triumvirate of Sterling, Lallana and Philippe Coutinho.

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