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Fantastic four gives Brendan Rodgers relief against Swansea

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

BRENDAN Rodgers heaved a huge sigh of relief and quelled any further talk of a New Year date with the bacon slicer with a sparkling win over Swansea.

Better still for beleaguered manager Rodgers, Adam Lallana finally delivered the performance his transfer fee demanded and scored twice in their 4-1 win.

It was a night for the sublime and the ridiculous. Lallana played a key role in the build-up to Liverpool's textbook opener from Alberto Moreno and then ran into a clearance from Luiaz Fabiranski and watched as the ball hit the back of the net.

Lallana's second goal was a thing of beauty, a mazy run through Swansea's static defence.

Rodgers' men notched a fourth goal in a competitive encounter for the first time in this campaign when Jordan Henderson's corner caused concern in the Swans defence, forcing former Red Jonjo Shelvey to nod into his own net from an awkward angle. Man of the Match Lallana said: "This was a massive, massive result. Important we got back-to-back wins.

"I never thought it would be easy to make the move from Southampton but I've been playing a bit more centrally in the last three or four weeks and I'm enjoying it," he added.

"We haven't put in too many good performances this season but hopefully we've turned a corner now."

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