Preview: Liverpool v Swans
17th February 2013
The Swans visit Liverpool today (3pm) hoping to move onto the 40-point mark in the Barclays Premier League.
The build-up for this game has been totally different for both teams. Michael Laudrup's side took in a four-day warm-weather training camp this week in preparation for the tie following a busy schedule, while Liverpool took on Zenit St Petersburg in Russia on Thursday night as they continued their Europa League commitments.
Former boss Brendan Rodgers has ensured the Reds are a miserly outfit at Anfield, with their 12 goals conceded currently the joint-second best defensive record in the top flight.
But the Swans have already won at the famous ground this season, with goals from Chico Flores, Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman sealing a 3-1 victory in the Capital One Cup on October 31.
In the league, the Swans have lost just two of their last ten games while the Reds have tasted defeat on four occasions - most recently at home to West Brom last Monday.
In November, Rodgers returned to the Liberty Stadium for the first time since leaving the club, with both teams sharing the spoils in an entertaining 0-0 draw.
Laudrup's side head to Merseyside in seventh position - one point and two places above Liverpool.
Defender Chico Flores (ankle) is definitely ruled out though Leon Britton is hopeful of recovering from the ankle injury which meant he missed last weekend's home win over QPR.
What they said
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "The fact that Liverpool lost to West Brom on Monday was a bad result for us because it means the Liverpool players will be even more motivated against us. Plus I do not think they have forgotten our game in the Capital One Cup earlier in the season.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "The Sunday game hasn't helped us if I'm being perfectly honest. We weren't due to play Swansea until the following week and I would have thought that after that was the best time to play that game.''
The last time the sides met ended in a 0-0 draw at the Liberty last November. A month prior to that, the Swans claimed a famous 3-1 win at Anfield in the Capital One Cup.
The Reds have won 15 of the 31 meetings between the clubs.
Liverpool have failed to hit the net in five of their last 20 home games
A stern defensive effort has kept clean sheets in 40 per cent of the club's last 20 games at Anfield
The Swans currently boast the best defensive record on their travels in the top flight - conceding just ten goals in 13 matches.
Michael Laudrup's side have ensured shut outs in 35 per cent of their last 20 away games.
Liverpool are yet to score a goal against the Swans in the Barclays Premier League.
32Red odds: Liverpool win 8/15; Swans win 5/1; Draw 3/1