Preview: Swans v Liverpool

16th September 2013

The Swans go in search of their first home win of the season on Monday when they welcome Liverpool to the Liberty Stadium (8pm).

Michael Laudrup's side started the campaign with back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Spurs before registering their first points with victory at West Brom a fortnight ago.

Since then the international break has taken centre stage but it is now back to domestic action as the Swans welcome a familiar face to the Liberty.

Former boss Brendan Rodgers is in his second season with Liverpool after taking over at Anfield in May 2012.

The Reds have begun the season in fine form, chalking up three straight league wins - including a 1-0 success over Manchester United last time out.

The corresponding fixture last year saw both sides play out a goalless draw, while Liverpool inflicted the Swans' heaviest Premier League defeat with a 5-0 win at Anfield back in February.

However, Laudrup's men did get the better of Liverpool in last season's Capital One Cup, as they secured a 3-1 win at Anfield en route to lifting their first major trophy.


Team news

Nathan Dyer is fit again after missing the last two league games through injury, while Neil Taylor remains the only absentee.

Former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey is back after pulling out of the England Under-21 squad with a slight knock.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's top scorer Daniel Sturridge is expected to be fit after missing England's matches with Moldova and Ukraine with a thigh problem.


What they said

Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "We have already played seven games, and now we have another seven before the next break.

"We have four in the league, including Liverpool and Arsenal at home, as well as Crystal Palace and Southampton away. Then we have a cup game too.

"But I think the important thing right now, in the next seven games, is the Premier League."

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers:"We've jumped three barriers already this season that were tough games but how we've done in those games bears no resemblance to the game on Monday.

"It will be a tough game but we've got belief and confidence. It's important to maintain that."


Match stats

  • Liverpool have won their first three games of a top-flight season while keeping a clean sheet in each game, for the first time in their history
  • The Reds have never started a Premier League season with four consecutive wins
  • Chico Flores has made a joint-high 33 clearances so far this season in the Premier League
  • The Swans have won none and lost four of their last six Premier League home games
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored 11 goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions for Liverpool