Let's keep progressing, says Jordan
Jordan Ayew believes Swansea City can build on their Emirates FA Cup progress by picking up vital Premier League points on Monday night.
The Swans host in-form Liverpool at the Liberty, with Carlos Carvalhal’s side going into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Championship leaders Wolves on Wednesday.
The Reds have won 13 of their last 18 games in all competitions – averaging three goals per match – with Jurgen Klopp’s side last tasting defeat when they went down 4-1 at Tottenham last October.
Despite the Swans being bottom of the top-flight table, Ayew feels the injection of confidence from the recent cup triumph could prove invaluable.
“We are into a crucial stage of the season and every match is really important,” said the Ghanaian.
“Confidence is very important and winning on Wednesday night boosted the team’s confidence. That can help us mentally for Monday’s match.
“We know it’s not going to be easy on Monday but with the support we have and quality in the squad we know we have to start improving and winning games. We need points, and that’s the target.”
Ayew’s fine solo strike lit up the Liberty in midweek when he opened the scoring against Wolves after beating five defenders en route to goal.
Wilfried Bony later poked home the winner to seal a fourth-round trip to League Two club Notts County.
And Ayew was delighted for his fellow forward, who has endured a frustrating time in SA1 since returning to the club for his second spell.
“A striker lives for goals. I’m happy for Wilfried because it’s not been easy for him as he has had to deal with injuries,” added Ayew.
“On Wednesday he showed the big, quality striker that he is. His performance and goal gives us confidence as a team as well going into Monday’s game.
“We know he is a big player and he can produce big performances, and we all have confidence in him.”