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Adam Lallana scored twice as Liverpool ended 2014 with back-to-back wins, by defeating Swansea City 4-1 at Anfield in a performance easily worth of three precious Premier League points.

The Reds started positively and took the lead in the 33rd minute, when Alberto Moreno converted Jordan Henderson's cross from close range.

Lallana doubled his side's lead just after half-time when he pressured Lukas Fabianski and the Swans goalkeeper's clearance bounced off the England international into the back of the net.

Lallana the star of the show

The Welsh side snatched one back just a minute later through former Liverpool transfer target Gylifi Sigurdsson, however Lallana soon grabbed a brace when calmly slotting his effort into the bottom right-hand corner. 

Ex-Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey then headed into his own net to seal the three points for Brendan Rodgers' men.

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Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet 6

Started well in goal and got off his line quickly a couple of times in the first-half. Made a good save from Wifred Bony but has the game wore on, the Belgian began looking more and more nervy in goal and stopped leaving his line which created problems for the Liverpool back-four.

Emre Can 7.5

An ultra-impressive performance from the German and he may be the answer to the defensive problem at Anfield. Can barely put a foot wrong throughout the game - he was strong in the tackle, won his aerial challenges and distributed the ball with superb passes, one in the first-half that found Philippe Coutinho being the most impressive.

Martin Skrtel 6

Not a bad game, but still room for improvement. Kept Bony quiet for large periods, however failed to deal with the first cross that then lead to the Swansea goal. A few shaky moments on top of that as well.

Mamadou Sakho 5.5

A poor performance after how well he played against Burnley. Sakho was untidy when on the ball and gifted Bony a chance just after the away side had scored and lost the ball far too easily on too many occasions. Did win a few good challenges however.

Javier Manquillo 6.5

Didn't really take to the wing-back role well and was missing for large chunks going forward. However, he was sound definitively and was always there to help out at the back and made it difficult for Swansea to start an attack on his side of the pitch.

Jordan Henderson 7.5

An excellent performance from the stand-in Liverpool captain. Clearly a much better player when back in the centre-of-midfield and controlled the game from the first to the final whistle. Went about with authority and wasn't afraid to get forward, setting up Moreno's goal deep in the Swansea box. Henderson also played a superb ball to Raheem Sterling in the second-half which almost gave Liverpool another.

Lucas 7

Sound once again from the Brazilian who rarely made a mistake. Offered his protection to his side's back-four and completed 90% of his passes.

Alberto Moreno 7

Clearly suits playing as a wing-back much more as he can truly get forward. Always keen to get on the attack and defended well also. Started the move for his goal with an excellent solo run and carried on into the box.

Philippe Coutinho 8

Another top-class effort from the Brazilian who is thriving playing in the new formation. He always looked threatening when the ball was at his feet looking to make things happen. Almost played in Sterling similar to at Burnley and hit a lovely back heel in the build up to Lallana's second.

Adam Lallana 8

The England international's best performance to date. Lallana menaced the Swans' back-four throughout the game, twisting and turning past them so easily. Hit a lovely pass to Henderson for Moreno's goal, showed great attitude to close down Fabianksi that gave him his first and took his second beautifully.

Raheem Sterling 7

His pace brought problems for Gary Monk's back-four and made things happen for Liverpool. Had a couple of chances that he maybe should have done better with, but the one that hit the post in the second-half was on his left-foot and Sterling done everything right. Lucky not to be red-carded when he lashed out at Fernandez late on.

Substitutes

Lazar Markovic 6

Only on the pitch for 13 minutes when the game was won but played some neat touches and tdecent runs.

Mario Balotelli N/A

Fabio Borini N/A

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