Swansea City v Liverpool - Five players under the spotlight

Also features a small round-up of their season's so far ahead of Brendan Rodgers' return to South Wales.

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Last season 0-0

Odds: Swansea 13/5, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 5/4

Liverpool have the only 100% record remaining in the Premier League this season and they face a tough assignment against Swansea City to keep hold of it. Swansea had two difficult game to start their season, and lost to Manchester United and Tottenham but managed to get their season going with a win away to West Bromwich Albion.

The Reds are without right-back Glen Johnson who suffered an ankle injury against Manchester United two weeks ago meaning manager Brendan Rodgers returns to South Wales the selection dilemma of playing Andre Wisdom at right-back, or maybe giving new signing Mamadou Sakho an unfamiliar role on his debut.

Liverpool are boosted by the return of Kolo Toure to the side, and Daniel Sturridge looks as if he will be able to play after missing England’s international qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine. Swansea expect Jonjo Shelvey to be fit after pulling out of England’s Under 21 games with a knock, and they may welcome back Nathan Dyer who has been recovering from a hamstring injury.


Can he be the man that will break Liverpool’s defensive resistance in the league? Without doubt he is the biggest threat posed to Liverpool, and had a lot of joy in a League Cup game against them last season. A lot will depend on whether Liverpool’s centre-backs can isolate him, but can he be a thorn in Liverpool’s side again?

Simon Mignolet

Three games, three clean sheets, and Mignolet has played his part so far this season. He will not want to pick any ball out of the back of his net soon so he’ll be keen to keep his run of clean sheets going. The Belgian stopper has been equal to a lot of things thrown at him in the opening three games, will he pass the Swansea test?

Nathan Dyer

He may return from injury, and if he does will he start? If he does it is likely he will line up against Jose Enrique and Dyer’s pace may trouble the Spaniard. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Swansea target that area of the field to get in and behind the Liverpool defence, and Dyer may just be the player to do it.

Daniel Sturridge

The question is, is Sturridge fully fit? If he is then that can spell danger for the Swans as he is certainly the man in form, scoring all three of Liverpool’s goals so far this season that have taken them to the Premier League summit early on. Will he make it four and continue his good run? When he’s confident it’s hard to doubt he will.

Jonjo Shelvey

Shelvey might have a bit of a point to prove as he left Liverpool to play first team football. A good performance from him here could show Liverpool what they were missing out on, and maybe send a message to Liverpool that he should’ve been played on a more regular basis. A big game for him.

Shelvey features along with Daniel Sturridge in this weekend's players to watch in the Premier League

Last time they met

Liverpool 5-0 Swansea – February 2013 Premier League

It was the weekend before Swansea had the opportunity to pick up their first major piece of silverware in the club’s history so Michael Laudrup made several changes to his side to avoid any injuries.

Liverpool went in front just after half an hour when Kemy Agustein brought down Luis Suarez inside the penalty area, allowing Steven Gerrard to convert the spot-kick. Immediately after the half-time break, Phillipe Coutinho doubled Liverpool’s advantage after his shot was too hot for Michel Vorm to handle. Liverpool started to flow in that second half as Jose Enrique finished off a move with several tricks and flicks, before a Luis Suarez solo effort made it number four. The scoring was rounded off when Daniel Sturridge scored his own spot-kick after Wayne Routledge handled the ball in his own area.

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