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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had made four changes from the side that drew 3-3 against Arsenal.

Philippe Coutinho provided the style and compatriot Roberto Firmino the substance as Liverpool's brilliant Brazilians dispatched rudderless Swansea 5-0 in clinical fashion at Anfield.

Klopp took the conversation as a hint to start the local prospect and the selection paid off, as Alexander-Arnold netted his first Premier League goal in front of the Kop.

If we play like we play in our good moments then the boys will be in good situations.

However, their title tilt has been beset by defensive setbacks, none more so than last Friday night when they allowed Arsenal to score three times in four minutes having taken a 2-0 lead.

"I'm really happy about the things we learned from the game".

Speaking during Sky Sports' coverage of the game, Carragher said: "I am a huge fan of his". They will all score.

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Klopp withdrew Firmino in the 68th minute and the German explained that he did so with one eye on a hectic period of games over the festive period even though Firmino, who has scored six in in his last seven games, wanted to remain on the pitch.

"Roberto, I always appreciate his effort, his performance, if he scores twice I am happy about that".

However, the game at the Emirates was the fourth time this season that Liverpool have conceded three or more goals in a game.

Klopp is adamant that defending will be firmly in the mind of his players when they face rock-bottom Swansea City at Anfield on Tuesday.

Emre Can failed to test Fabianski after Kyle Naughton's misplaced pass created an opportunity for a second Liverpool goal, before Ragnar Klavan dived in to block a McBurnie strike at the other end as Swansea settled.

However, the floodgates opened for the Reds in the second half, as Firmino masterfully volleyed home a Coutinho free kick to double the advantage.