While the rest of the Premier League shifted focus to the FA Cup, Liverpool destroyed Swansea 5-0 in a one-sided league match at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds dominated from the start as first-year manager Brendan Rodgers defeated his former team.
Rodgers will have been pleased with most of what he saw, not least of all Liverpool's 86 percent pass-success rate (per WhoScored.com). Most of all, though, Rodgers—and the rest of us, for that matter—must have thoroughly enjoyed his team's third goal.
It came in the 50th minute and Spanish defender Jose Enrique applied the final touch. Enrique's finish was nice, if nothing special. The special part was the build-up, a series of slick passes that even Barcelona would salivate over.
The ball started on the right side and meandered into the middle in just a few one-touch passes. Enrique finally received the final pass inside the box and beat the keeper with a high shot.
So in other words, while Enrique's name appears on the scoresheet, this goal belonged to the team. In fact, it was probably one of the better team goals you'll see this season.
That's why we've picked it as our Set Piece Goal of the Weekend. Video of the goal appears above, starting around the 1:30 mark. Enjoy.
Steven Gerrard (penalty), Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge also scored for Liverpool. The Reds climbed into seventh place with the win.
"We looked to dominate and create chances and we did," said Rodgers (via LiverpoolFC.com). "Like in any game of football, it's important that you start the second half well and in that little period, we scored three goals and that really gave us extra confidence."