Match to be played on Sunday 23rd February 2014 at 13:30. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for a turnaround in performance for his side as they prepare to take on Swansea City at Anfield.
Liverpool were a little unlucky last weekend against Arsenal but they’ve had a full week to reflect and recover as they look to maintain their challenge for Champions League football.
Here’s the side Rodgers could go with this weekend.
GK – Simon Mignolet
The Belgian goalkeeper has been involved in a war of words with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois over the national team spot, so this is another chance for him to show why he deserves to be Belgium’s number one.
RB – Jon Flanagan
Wasn’t at his best so should retain his place unless Rodgers wants to throw Glen Johnson back into the team. Flanagan should be determined to produce a decent performance.
CB – Martin Skrtel
Skrtel has been arguably Liverpool’s best central defender this season. The Slovakian mops up well and also has a great physical presence in the back four.
CB – Daniel Agger
Agger got back into the team for the FA Cup game against Arsenal and if he’s shown enough in training this week, he should keep his place.
LB – Aly Cissokho
Cissokho should continue on the left hand side of defence. He needs a very good defensive performance and also needs to be sensible and efficient when creating width in attack.
RM – Raheem Sterling
Sterling was Liverpool’s best player against Arsenal and this is another chance for him to show England boss Roy Hodgson, that he deserves to be on that plane to Brazil in the summer.
CM – Jordan Henderson
Liverpool missed him against the Gunners and he gave them a little more confidence when he came on in the FA Cup clash. Expect him to line up in the centre, covering a number of different roles.
CM – Steven Gerrard
Gerrard’s ability to control the middle of the team doesn’t need to be sold. He’ll look to bomb forward whenever he can.
AM – Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho will play that role just behind the main striker or strikers. He’ll be looking for possession as quickly as possible, trying to make the most of space and setup some easy chances.
LM – Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge may be named over on the left but he won’t stay there. His tears after the Arsenal game show how much this club means to him and he’ll be going all out to have an impact.
ST – Luis Suarez
Keep putting Suarez at the top of the attack and he’ll win more games for Rodgers than he underperforms. Liverpool will look to get the ball to him as quickly as possible.