PREVIEW: Swansea City v Liverpool
1st October 2016
Swansea City welcome Liverpool to the Liberty Stadium this afternoon as they aim for a return to winning ways in the Premier League.
Francesco Guidolin's side suffered a 3-1 defeat to top-flight leaders Manchester City last time out and are without a victory since the opening day of the season against Burnley.
But having lost six of their last eight encounters with Liverpool, Swansea broke their run against the Reds with a 3-1 win at the Liberty Stadium in May, thanks to a brace from Andre Ayew plus a goal from Jack Cork. The Swans will be hoping for more of the same today.
After missing last weekend's fixture against Manchester City, Federico Fernandez is hoping to make a return to the Swansea fold today, while Nathan Dyer is the only long-term injury absence for Guidolin.
Liverpool, meanwhile, may well be without Belgian striker Divock Origi, who will face a late fitness test after picking up a foot injury in training.
In brighter news for the Reds, Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren is expected to return to Klopp's starting line-up after recovering from a viral infection.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans head coach Francesco Guidolin: ""The most important thing is that we get a good result to improve our position. It's clear for me, it's clear for the chairman, it's clear for everyone - it's important to win games.
"We have to focus and concentrate. I know it's not a good moment for us because the league table is not good and we need results.
"But I think we can get results if we play well. I am confident because the team is good - we have good players."
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "They played much better than four points look like. They are a good football-playing side with a clear plan and different options in their style of play, good defending.
"We will be prepared for this game - nobody should be in doubt that we know about the quality of Swansea."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Swansea 3-1 Liverpool (May 2016)
Liverpool 1-0 Swansea (November 2015)
Swansea 0-1 Liverpool (March 2015)
Liverpool 4-1 Swansea (December 2014)
Liverpool 2-1 Swansea (October 2014)
24 - Liverpool are in prolific goalscoring form with 24 in the first eight games in all competitions this season, while only Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have scored more times in the Premier League.
50 - The Swans have a 50% win record at home against Liverpool, having emerged victors eight times.