Liverpool head into Monday night’s match under big pressure to maintain their early season form.
Brendan Rodgers has enjoyed a start to the season that he, and the fans, probably wouldn’t have been expecting and all the time Liverpool are near the top of the league, they are going to have sides trying to topple them.
This Monday is a massive test for Liverpool for several reasons and the main one is because they will go into the fixture in Wales without their two top choice strikers.
Luis Suarez is serving out his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic last season although Daniel Sturridge is set to beat a thigh problem.
Considering Sturridge has scored all of Liverpool’s Premier League goals this season, his inclusion should give the entire side a lift.
However, it’s a challenge and a match that Liverpool should relish because if they win and win well, it’s another message sent out to the doubters who don’t believe they’ve got what it takes to be at least a top four side this season.
What we will see from Liverpool is a very exciting, youthful looking side with a good injection of experience. All of that goes into the mixing pot alongside the healthy competition Rodgers has created over the summer.
Swansea suffered back-to-back defeats to start their campaign but their confidence is going to be high following a 2-0 win away at West Brom.
They can test Rodgers’ Liverpool tactically because anyone who watches Premier League football knows that the Swans like to keep the ball on the pitch and dominate possession.
Liverpool should be able to withstand any periods of pressure the Welsh side put together because they have a top quality and relatively settled back four.
There will be a change at right back following an injury to Glen Johnson but Rodgers can take his pick from talented defenders he could ask to play there.
That area of the side will be seen as a weakness by Swansea and something which can be exploited. However, Rodgers can also choose to play someone like Jordan Henderson down that side of the midfield to provide extra cover.
Another important factor in being able to counter that Swansea pressure is the experience which is provided through the heart of the side in the form of Steven Gerrard and Lucas.
Gerrard in particular has seen several top quality Liverpool sides try and fail to get near the title chasing spots at the top of the Premier League and he has the leadership skills to make sure there are no poor mistakes.
Liverpool have a great chance to keep themselves at the top of the league, with key players to come back from injury. They have every box ticked in terms of the challenges they will face in Wales.
What do you think? Can they do it?
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