Swansea v Liverpool: Premier League preview
On paper this weekend’s match at the Liberty Stadium should be a foregone conclusion.
Liverpool, fourth in the league and red-hot after a 5-1 win over Hull last weekend, should roll over Swansea, who are fourth bottom of the division.
But Liverpool have been hamstrung in recent seasons in exactly these types of matches against ‘lessor’ opposition whom they are supposed to beat.
Indeed, Liverpool’s worst result of the season so far was recorded when they went to Burnley and were beaten 2-0. That happened in gameweek two of the season, a week after the Reds won 4-3 away at Arsenal.
It also needs mentioning that Liverpool have not kept a single clean sheet in the league this season and have conceded nine goals in six games.
Saying that, Swansea are in an awful rut.
As rumours swirl about that Francesco Guidolin could be fired if Swansea lose again this weekend – Ryan Giggs is being tipped as a replacement – Swansea come into the match with four defeats and one draw in their last five EPL matches.
That’s obviously relegation form.
It’s also worth noting that Swansea have a horrible recent record against the Reds, as they’ve lost four of their last five matches with the Scousers.
Liverpool are likely to make few changes from last weekend’s win over the Tigers.
Up front, Roberto Firmino could once again lead the line, while Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane offer support from midfield.
If Jurgen Klopp does want to shake things up, he could bring Daniel Sturridge back into his starting XI. Sturridge actually has a great record against the Swansea, having been directly involved in six goals in his six Premier League appearances against the Welsh outfit (four goals, two assists).
At the back, Loris Karius is expected to keep his place in goal, while Dejan Lovren could return to the team having missed the Hull game through illness.
As for Swansea, Nathan Dyer and Marvin Emnes remain long term absentees.
The hosts will look towards Fernando Llorente to try to score their goals; he got off the mark last weekend in a 3-1 loss to Man City.
In midfield, Leroy Fer have been Swansea’s star performance with three goals in six EPL games.
Swansea predicted XI
Liverpool predicted XI
101 Great Goals predicts: Swansea 1 – Liverpool 2