By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov.
Liverpool follow up their gruelling away trip to St Petersburg in the Europa League on Thursday with a home fixture against Michael Laudrup’s Capital One Cup finalists on Sunday – 3pm kick off UK time.
The 0-2 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield last Monday evening was our first home loss since the 1-3 reverse against Aston Villa back in mid-December and our fourth home defeat of the campaign, adding to defeats against Arsenal and Manchester United. It was also the third consecutive game where we’ve conceded two goals, while in the 17 games where we’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in the league, 14 of those have seen us concede at least two goals in each match.
Liverpool currently sit two places and one point below 7th placed Swansea and the sides played out a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture back in November. The corresponding fixture last season also ended in a 0-0 stalemate. The Reds have failed to win any of the last four matches against Swansea in all competitions but the Swans have yet to win at Anfield in the league in 11 attempts prior to this match.
Premier League record since the two clubs met earlier in the season:
- Liverpool – P: 13 W: 6 D: 2 L: 5 F: 27 A: 18 GD: +9 Pts: 20
- Swansea – P: 13 W: 5 D: 5 L: 3 F: 20 A: 13 GD: +7 Pts: 20
The match-day officials for this fixture are:
Referee: Howard Webb. Assistant Referee: M Mullarkey. Assistant Referee: D Cann. 4th Official: M Halsey.
Martin Kelly (knee) is still absent for Liverpool.
Swansea are missing Neil Taylor (ankle), while Leon Britton is rated as doubtful (ankle).
Goalkeepers: Reina, Jones, Gulacsi
Defenders: Johnson, Wisdom, Flanagan, Skrtel, Agger, Coates, Carragher, Enrique, Robinson
Midfielders: Lucas, Coutinho, Gerrard (c), Allen, Henderson, Downing, Shelvey, Suso, Sterling
Strikers: Suarez, Sturridge, Borini
Goalkeepers: Vorm, Cornell, Tremmel
Defenders: Bartley, Chico, Tate, Williams, Monk (c), Tiendalli, Rangel, Situ, Davies
Midfielders: Britton, Michu, Hernandez, Dyer, Lamah, Routledge, de Guzman, Sung-Yeung, Agustien, Gower, Sheehan, Lucas
Strikers: Shechter, Moore, Loveridge, Donelly
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Liverpool’s Premier League record against Swansea City at Anfield:
- P: 1 W: 0 D: 1 L: 0 F: 0 A: 0 GD: 0 Pts: 1
Liverpool’s overall league record against Swansea City:
- Total – P: 23 W: 10 D: 10 L: 3 F: 51 A: 28 GD: +23
- Home – P: 11 W: 8 D: 3 L: 0 F: 33 A: 5 GD: +28
- Away – P: 12 W: 2 D: 7 L: 3 F: 18 A: 23 GD: -5
Liverpool’s biggest victories and defeats v Swansea City at Anfield:
- Biggest home win (overall): 5-0 (25/11/1961)
- Biggest home defeat (overall): 2-4 yet to lose
- Biggest home win (Premier League): yet to win
- Biggest home defeat (Premier League): yet to lose
Total number of clean sheets kept in the league in this fixture at Anfield:
- Liverpool: 7 (1 in the Premier League)
- Swansea City: 1 (1 in the Premier League)
All time Premier League record:
- Liverpool – Pos: 4th P: 798 W: 389 D: 203 L: 206 F: 1,280 A: 787 GD: +493 Pts: 1,370
- Swansea City – Pos: 38th P: 64 W: 21 D: 21 L: 22 F: 82 A: 80 GD: +2 Pts: 84
Liverpool’s record against teams managed by Michael Laudrup (all competitions):
- Overall – P: 2 W: 0 D: 1 L: 1 F: 1 A: 3
- Home – P: 1 W: 0 D: 0 L: 1 F: 1 A: 3
- Away – P: 1 W: 0 D: 1 L: 0 F: 0 A: 0
Alan A’ Court has made the most appearances for Liverpool in this fixture with 15, scoring five times, and Jimmy Melia struck seven times in just 11 appearances against Swansea. Ian Rush is our most prolific scorer however, with eight goals in just six appearances against the Swans. Roger Hunt also enjoyed playing against Swansea, scoring eight times in seven appearances.
Harry Griffiths (15 appearances and three goals) has featured the most for Swansea against Liverpool while Brayley Reynolds scored four goals in six appearances against the Reds.
Joe Allen’s £15m transfer made him only the second player to have signed for the Reds directly from Swansea, following in the footsteps of Desmond Palmer who made the move in March 1959.
Nine Reds have made the move to Wales, including legends John Toshack (1978; free transfer), Tommy Smith (1978; free), Ian Callaghan (1978; free), Ray Kennedy (1982; £160k) and Jan Molby (1996; free).
Key stats, key players, strengths, weaknesses and match predictions by Daniel Rhodes.