Liverpool v Swansea City - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 23rd February 2014 at 13:30. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Odds: Liverpool 3/10, Draw 5/1, Swansea City 21/2

Last season: 5-0

Preview & injury news

Liverpool go into this game on a pretty good run in the league having won nine of their last 13 matches, which leaves them three points ahead of Tottenham in the race for the final Champions League place. However, many Liverpool fans are probably looking up given that they are only four points off the pace in the title race with 12 games remaining, and will be desperate to get another win on the board this weekend. Swansea have looked promising ever since Garry Monk took over first team affairs at the club with a win against fierce rivals Cardiff followed up by a draw away to Stoke City to leave them in 10th place in the table. Both sides however would like to bounce back from FA Cup defeats incurred last weekend but Swansea did put in an impressive performance in their Europa League draw with Napoli on Thursday.

On the injury front, Liverpool could welcome Glen Johnson back into the starting line-up this weekend after he was carrying a series of small injuries. Manager Brendan Rodgers wanted to 'get him right' but the signs are he could return this weekend, but it may be a week too early for centre-back Mamadou Sakho as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Lucas Leiva is still ruled out with a knee problem but could return as soon as next week after saying his recovery was ahead of schedule whilst there is still no timescale on the return of left back Jose Enrique.

For Swansea, there is an outside chance that influential striker from last season Michu could make the game after a fitness test after a long spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury but the chances are he will have to wait until the following week whilst Kyle Bartley also a doubt. The Swans will have been hoping to get through their Europa League 1st leg tie with Napoli unscathed but Nathan Dyer limped off 15 minutes from time and Gary Monk will be hoping for no more injury worries between now and Sunday lunchtime.  

Key stats

Here are the two sides top scorers in the Premier League this season:

Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 23 21 1,884
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 16 18 1,417
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 8 22 1,441
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 7 22 1,843
Nathan Dyer Swansea MF 5 18 1,247
Jonjo Shelvey Swansea MF 4 22 1,694

Their average possession statistics for the two sides this campaign:

NamePossession PercentagePlayed
Swansea City 59.69 26
Liverpool 53.92 26

And the clean sheets the two sides have kept so far this season.

NameClean SheetPlayed
Swansea City 7 26
Liverpool 7 26

5 players to watch

Glen Johnson - The right-back could make his return from injury this weekend after missing out because of several minor problems as Brendan Rodgers sought to 'get him right.' Just what effect will he have on the side if he is fit to play? Will he see a Liverpool side as an ever bigger attacking threat going forward?

Wilfried Bony - Bony is likely to be leading the attack at Anfield and though Liverpool are pretty strong at home, he might fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet given the Reds haven't played with a properly settled back four this season.

Jordan Henderson - Henderson came off the bench in the FA Cup tie against Arsenal, and they missed his intensity a little as the Reds tried to protect the midfielder from doing further damage to his broken wrist after surgery. 

Jonjo Shelvey - Having not started their Europa League tie against Napoli in the week, Monk may decide to freshen up the middle of the park and start Shelvey against his old club. If the game he has on his Anfield return is as eventful as the reverse fixture, it should provide some top class entertainment.

Raheem Sterling - Steven Gerrard called the impressive young winger one of the toughest players at the club and Sterling seems to be getting better with each passing game. With the Liverpool such an attacking threat this season, it has been easy to overlook the youngster's contribution at times, so don't be surprised if he puts in another impressive performance for the home side. 

Earlier on in the season

Swansea City 2-2 Liverpool, September 2013

It was a bit of a crazy night as Jonjo Shelvey was involved in all four goals in a game against his former club. He opened the scoring within two minutes after a capitalising on a shot he miscued by composing himself with a terrific left-footed finish. However, it was his back pass that allowed Daniel Sturridge to sneak in to equalise almost immediately. Shelvey's misplaced pass allowed Victor Moses to give the visitors the lead on his debut before Shelvey cushioned a header into the path of Michu to equalise. Despite having the upper hand late on, the Swans couldn't find a winner and the points were shared.

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