Swansea v Liverpool – Match Preview

Brendan Rodgers returns to Swansea for the first time since becoming manager of LiverpoolOnce lauded at the Welsh club, the Ulsterman guides his new club across the border to face some old faces in Swansea and try to make amends for the Capital One Cup defeat last month.

After two successful years at Liberty Stadium, Rodgers took up an offer to fill the managerial void at Liverpool following Kenny Dalglish’s departure at the end of the 2011/12 season.

The Northern Irishman is 12 English Premier League games into a three-year contract at Anfield and has experienced a mixed bag of results.

However, since their defeat to fierce rivals Manchester United, Liverpool have gone on a seven-game unbeaten streak in the league.

Controversial striker Luis Suarez has played a key role in that run of results, which now has the club up to 11th, one point behind Swansea, who they visit on Sunday.

The Uruguayan tops the scoring charts with 10 goals and will be determined to add to his tally following comments from Swansea captain Ashley Williams, who unleashed a scathing attack on Suarez in a recently published book titled My Premier League Diary.

“Suarez has that aura about him that says ‘I’m untouchable’ and his manner and behaviour made me want to knock him out,” the Welsh international said,¬†“I’d go as far as to say that the manner in which he approached the game, with utter contempt for us all, means that he’s streets ahead of any player I’ve truly disliked since we’ve been in the Premier League.”

Swansea have adapted well to life after Rodgers, with the team making a seemingly easy transition under the guidance of new manager Michael Laudrup.

The Welsh outfit have picked up five points out of a possible nine in their last three Premier League games and they will be confident of a positive result on Sunday, given their record against Liverpool.

In three previous meetings in all competitions, Swansea are yet to taste defeat, while they have lost just once on home soil this season.

There are no new injury concerns for either club with several players still working their way back to full fitness.

Prediction: Swansea 1 – 1 Liverpool


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