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TOPIC: Swansea away, Monday 16th March, KO 2000 UK

Swansea away, Monday 16th March, KO 2000 UK 2 years 3 months ago #335

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Liverpool continue their charge for a top four finish with a trip to the Liberty Stadium on Monday evening – 8pm kick off UK time – where Swansea City will be hoping to extend their unbeaten record against the Reds at home to four league games. Liverpool have only recorded two wins from 13 attempts at Swansea – a 2-0 win in 1958 (Division Two) and a 3-0 win in 1982 – and as mentioned above have yet to record a victory at Swansea since the Welsh outfit returned to the top flight in 2011.

With 4th placed Manchester Utd hosting Spurs (6th) and leaders Chelsea entertaining 7th placed Southampton on Sunday, the Reds have a great opportunity to put some distance between us and the chasing pack, while a Man Utd defeat to Spurs, combined with victory for Liverpool in Wales, would see us leapfrog Van Gaal’s side into 4th, with Man Utd our next opponents at Anfield on Sunday week.

Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Swansea at Anfield back in December – with goals from Moreno, Lallana (2) and a Shelvey own goal – is our biggest victory of the season to date but our last three visits to the Liberty Stadium have ended in two draws (2-2 last season and 0-0 in 2012/13) and a 0-1 defeat in 2011/12. Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Burnley a fortnight ago made it nine wins from our last 12 league games.

Swansea have a mixed record against teams in the top seven having suffered defeats against Chelsea (0-5 at home and 2-4 away), Liverpool (1-4 away), Tottenham (1-2 at home and 2-3 away) and Southampton (0-1 at home), while doing the ‘double’ over Man Utd (2-1 away and 2-1 at home), and taking maximum points against Arsenal (2-1 at home) and Southampton away (1-0).

Liverpool’s overall league record against Swansea:

Total – P: 27 W: 13 D: 7 L: 7 F: 66 A: 34 GD: +32
Home – P: 14 W: 11 D: 3 L: 0 F: 46 A: 9 GD: +37
Away – P: 13 W: 2 D: 4 L: 7 F: 20 A: 25 GD: -5

Premier League form – last six matches home and away:

1st – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 5 D: 1 L: 0 F: 11 A: 3 Pts: 16
8th – Swansea: P: 6 W: 3 D: 1 L: 2 F: 7 A: 12 Pts: 10

Premier League form – last six matches at home (Swamsea) and away (Liverpool):

10th – Swansea: P: 6 W: 2 D: 2 L: 2 F: 6 A: 10 Pts: 8
12nd – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 4 D: 1 L: 1 F: 6 A: 3 Pts: 13

Liverpool’s record against teams managed by Garry Monk (all competitions):

Total – P: 3 W: 3 D: 0 L: 0 F: 10 A: 5 GD: +5
Home – P: 3 W: 3 D: 0 L: 0 F: 10 A: 5 GD: +5
Away – P: 0 W: 0 D: 0 L: 0 F: 1 A: 0 GD: 0

The match-day officials for this fixture are:

Referee: Roger East
Assistants: M Perry, M Scholes
Fourth Official: G Scott

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool are without Ibe (knee), Lucas (groin), Jones (thigh), Enrique (knee) and Flanagan (knee) and have doubts over Skrtel (concussion), Allen (thigh).

Swansea are missing Bartley (knee), while Gomis (Vasovagal Episode) may be cleared to feature.

Liverpool:

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Johnson, Manquillo, Can, Skrtel (?), Lovren, Sakho, Toure, Moreno
Midfielders: Gerrard (c), Henderson (vc), Coutinho, Allen (?), Markovic, Lallana, Sterling
Forwards: Sturridge, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini

Swansea:

Goalkeepers: Fabianski, Cornell
Defenders: Amat, Taylor, Williams (c), Tiendalli, Rangel, Naughton, Fernandez
Midfielders: Ki Sung-Yeung, Britton, Shelvey, Dyer, Carroll, Routledge, Montero, Grimes, Cork, Sigurdsson
Forwards: Emnes, Oliveria, Gomis (?)
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