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  • Philippe Coutinho puts the hosts ahead inside six minutes.
  • Roberto Firmino doubles advantage after half-time.
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold pokes home third.
  • Firmino gets his second after some woeful Swansea defending.
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lofts home the fifth.
  • Liverpool fourth after first home win since November
  • Swansea City are bottom of the Premier League after taking one point from 12.

That brings an end to our Boxing Day coverage in the Premier League. Thank you to all who have joined us whether it be at the start of the day or the end.

This is far from the end of our Premier league coverage this week however with a handful more games to come before we see in 2018.

The run of games starts tomorrow when Newcastle United host the run-away leaders, who can extend their lead further if they win at St James' Park. That is followed by Crystal Palace vs Arsenal on 28 December, before a handful of games this coming weekend.

But until next time goodbye.

Full time: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea

Job done for Liverpool who barely had to be at their best to beat Swansea tonight. Philippe Coutinho started it off before a Roberto Firmino double and goals for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put the gloss on the result.

Swansea look doomed on their evidence it must be said and offered nothing as an attacking force. Leon Britton and the new man have lots of work to do, and perhaps there is too much to do.

Three added minutes to be played at Anfield.

Solanke almost gets that goal but his volley goes wide of the right-hand post. Put on a plate from Coutinho's lofted pass, which was delightful. Now Lallana shoots over from range.

Dominic Solanke almost helps himself to a sixth but Fabianski finally gets a hand on something, denying him from close range. Three minutes left for Liverpool to find another.

Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates his latest Liverpool goal.

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GOAL! Liverpool 5-0 Swansea (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain)

A messy goal but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won't mind as Liverpool hit five. Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross is half-cleared and the England man reacts first and his perseverance is rewarded he directs the ball into the far corner.

Renato Sanches on for Swansea. I think he has been the worst Premier League player of the season so far. Would happily be challenged on that.

Any alternative suggestions?

Adam Lallana is on and he wants in on the act, twisting and turning in the box but he scoops his shot over the bar.

Liverpool playing fantasy football around the Swansea box, toying with their opponents almost. Still 15 minutes to go, and it could be a long one for Leon Britton.

Tottenham, Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool among the sides to come for Swansea in the next six games. Three of the last four sides to be bottom at Christmas have survived relegation from the Premier League, but it will take some big investment in January and a shrewd managerial appointment to stem the tide.

GOAL! Liverpool 4-0 Swansea (Roberto Firmino)

Swansea have enough trouble keeping Liverpool out, they don't need to put the ball on a plate and they do just that as the Reds score a second in as many minutes. Clucas passes the ball straight into the path of Salah who sets up Firmino to claim his second. Time to hide behind the sofa if you're a Swansea fan now.

GOAL! Liverpool 3-0 Swansea (Trent Alexander-Arnold)

And just as Swansea make that attacking change they concede a third which buries them in this game. Swansea clear only as far as Alexander-Arnold and on the run he drives in of the crossbar.

Leroy Fer has a rare shot on goal which goes wide on the half volley. In the context of this game that is a big chance for a Swansea side who have barely tested Simon Mignolet. Tammy Abraham is coming on as a result, with McBurnie making way.

Roberto Firmino's cushioned finish puts Liverpool two-up.

Roberto Firmino
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Mo Salah wants to add to his 20-goal haul this season and he comes the closest so far when he slashes at a free-kick which goes just wide.

GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Swansea (Roberto Firmino)

Easy as you like for Liverpool and that should secure the points. Coutinho is tripped by Fer for a free-kick 35 yards from goal. The Brazilian steps up to take it and find Firmino at the back post and he makes no mistake with an unmarked volley.

Jordan Ayew from fully 35 yards tests Mignolet with a tame effort which bounces up at the Belgian stopper. Swansea haven't half looked blunt going forward.

Roberto Firmino within touching distance of making contact with Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross from the right. Liverpool desperate for the second goal which would surely end this game as a contest.

Players back out for the second 45 minutes at Anfield. No changes.

Will Mohamed Salah add to the 20 goals he has scored this season in the second half?

Mohamed Salah
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Half time: Liverpool 1-0 Swansea

Philippe Coutinho has Liverpool ahead at the break but since then it has been an unspectacular half of Premier League football. The goal itself was a picture, a fine 25-yard strike, but since neither the hosts or Swansea has offered much. Roberto Firmino should have made it two in stoppage time but otherwise you can't complain with the result.

Roberto Firmino with a glaring miss on the stroke of half time after Liverpool win the ball back high up the pitch. Jurgen Klopp laments that latest miss.

Emre Can down getting treatment after having been struggling with an injury. Looks like an ankle or foot problem. He might try and get through to half-time. No Jordan Henderson already of course.

Mo Salah wants a penalty as he goes to the floor from Firmino's left-wing cross. Kevin Friend waves away the appeals and there is very little in it, with Tom Carroll involved in the incident.

Coutinho sees his shot defected behind Liverpool respond to that bout of Swansea pressure. But the Swans clear the corner.

First genuine chance for Swansea sees McBurnie take aim and Klavan gets in the way to make a low block. Kyle Naughton runs the ball out of play but that is better from the south Wales club.

Leon Britton must inspire his side to come from behind.

Leon Britton
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The early goal has stifled Liverpool rather than galvanised them and Swansea, not threatening a goal themselves, have got a foothold in the game. Which is no mean feat given what the Reds can do to teams.

A spell from Swansea at last and though it ends when Naughton over-hits a cross, it is a sign they are willing to go forward and not just and try and hold out for large swathes of his game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been quiet thus far and his first real contribution sees him hammer over from 30 yards. Jurgen Klopp not happy with the execution of that effort. Swansea really just sitting in and hoping here.

Philippe Coutinho celebrates his seventh league goal of the season.

Philippe Coutinho
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First effort on goal for McBurnie. He stretches Joel Matip but his control on his chest is a bit loose and it means that when he does shoot he is at a tight angle and Mignolet makes an easy save.

As Jamie Carragher notes, Swansea have mustered just 11 goals in 19 games before today; the lowest of any side in the Premier League. They two today to ignite their survival bid and they start with a full debutant and a forward in Jordan Ayew who has two of those 11 goals this season.

It is all Liverpool in this opening 11 minute. Salah feeds Coutinho and though the Brazilian's cross evades everyone Robertson approaches the ball on his left-foot and he blasts wide. Swansea allowing way too much space around their penalty area.

Chance for Swansea and this is encouraging if we're to get a competitive game this evening. McBurnie tees up Routledge whose deep cross sees Jordan Ayew get above Alexander-Arnold and head down and force Mignolet into a low save.

GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Swansea City (Philippe Coutinho)

Vintage Philippe Coutinho. Firmino wins the ball back after Mesa dives inside his own half and Coutinho is quickly fed and he steers the ball into the corner from 25 yards, with Fabianski motionless.

McBurnie's squad number is 62, which will surely be shelved for next season when he is a permanent fixture of the first team. Not such a fan of high squad numbers.

As you have probably guessed, not much going on at Anfield, which is good news from a Swansea point of view.

McBurnie has already impressed me not with his play - he hasn't touched the ball yet bar kicking the ball backwards from the kick-off - but his attire which sees his sock rolled down and his shins ready for a kicking. Hopefully he has the swagger to match it.

Under way at Anfield. Swansea in all black. Can they channel the famous rugby team of the same name?

Big night for Swansea tonight. They can go within two points of safety after West Brom, Bournemouth and West Ham all dropped points earlier today. Five points could seperate the bottom eight if they do.

Just about ready to go in this final Boxing Day game. Liverpool have not won at home in any of their last three in the Premier League. West Brom held them here last time out, so can Swansea repeat that? Players on their way out.

What an evening in store for Olivier McBurnie, a regular fixture in the Swansea Under-23 side, who will lead the Swansea attack tonight at Anfield on his Premier League debut. He has made seven appearances in the top flight this term, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea; so he knows the big occasion. But a different challenge ahead of him tonight on Merseyside.

Warm-ups well under way at Anfield.

The must-have item in the Liverpool club shop. But only three of the start this evening.

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It is full time in the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League so head this way to follow our live blog and catch up with all late drama. A couple of stoppage time goals in there.

Liverpool have arrived at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp on his team selection: "It's very important for us that we can line up like this. We could have lined up completely differently - they are all fit," he said.

"Sadio is fit but we thought we had to start in one way and then we need full strength over the full 95 minutes so we can make important changes."

On Swansea: "The most important thing is the game tonight, there's no alternative [way] to think about it," he added.

"We have to be as good as possible, as strong as possible, tonight and then we will see. A lot of things can happen but it's not allowed to think about Leicester or Burnley.

"We need to make sure that we are ready for this game, that's all."

We're entering the final 10 minutes of our six 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League. You can follow all the goals here via our live blog. Plenty of drama already today.

Four changes for Swansea from the draw with Crystal Palace. Leroy Fer starts in midfield ahead of Sam Clucas, while in attack Leon Britton changes his entire front three. Jordan Ayew, the goalscorer against Palace, starts while Under-23 star Olivier McBurnie partners him alongside Wayne Routledge.

And now the Swansea team.

Four changes for the Reds. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip replace Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren at the back; Georginio Wijnaldum comes in for captain Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starts ahead of Sadio Mane.

The Liverpool team has dropped.

Teams should be with us shortly......

Liverpool have not won a league game at Anfield since 18 November. Can they change that today?

Swansea have arrived at Anfield.

So how might both sides line up this afternoon, for this tea-time kick-off?

Jordan Henderson is missing for Liverpool while the game may come too soon for Joel Matip. Alberto Moreno remains out.

For Swansea, they are missing Kyle Naughton due to a groin problem. Wilfried Bony remains out and there is a concern over Leroy Fer.

Boxing Day in the Premier League signs off from Anfield as Liverpool host relegation-threatened Swansea.

Both sides have won only one of their last four games but are at opposite ends of the table. The Reds are in a Champions League while manager-less Swans are 20th as a battle against the drop awaits.

Three of the last four sides bottom at Christmas have gone on to win the title and caretaker boss Leon Britton will hope he can lay the foundations for an unlikely turnaround before the new man is enlisted.

Liverpool meanwhile are in a three-way battle for that fourth Champions League place and can't afford to take their eye off the ball.

All the build-up and team news ahead of the 5:30pm kick-off on the way.