Five things we learned about Liverpool from Swansea win

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Liverpool beat Swansea City 4-3 on Sunday, and here are five things we learned from the Reds' performance:

Henderson is becoming quite some player

Jordan Henderson is a midfielder who has sometimes split opinion in the past, but his performance against Swansea City was amazing and not just because he bagged a brace including what proved to be the match-winning strike.

Henderson carried out his midfield duties well and looks every inch a Liverpool player after a questionable beginning to his Anfield career.

It is no understatement to say Sunday’s match could be the catalyst for the next stage of Henderson’s evolution.

Sturridge form shows no sign of faltering

Daniel Sturridge showed it was not all about Luis Suarez in the Uruguayan’s absence at the start of the campaign. But after his strike-partner returned from his suspension in sparkling form, it is Sturridge who currently looks Liverpool’s most likely.

Two more goals against the Swans took his tally to 18 league strikes for the season, with nine of those coming in his last seven matches.

Faith in Flanagan continues

Glen Johnson may have returned to the starting line-up but that did not see his able deputy benched. Instead Flanagan maintained his place and impressed as he has done so much this season.

He may only be 21, but he has all the attributes to be a Liverpool stalwart for the next decade.

The defence needs work

That said, yet again it was a case of Brendan Rodgers’ side outscoring the opposition, relying on their front-men to get their defence out of trouble.

That is an area the Reds boss needs to work on and he will know it. Expect some changes this summer, although a fit and regular-starting Mamadou Sakho will also make a huge difference to this side.

Liverpool can win the title…just

With every passing victory, Rodgers’ side prove they should be taken seriously as title contenders. But they were not at their best against Swansea and they must ensure they keep fighting to the very end with every point vital between now and May.

It has been a long campaign for the Reds, but if they can find one final surge it could be enough to push them over the line in first place.

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