12:30 GMT 21 January 2017
The Liverpool vs. Swansea City match will be played on Saturday, January 21, at Anfield in Liverpool. This is matchday 22 in the 2016/17 English Premier League season.
Liverpool are third on goal difference, level with Tottenham Hotspur on 45 points while Swansea City are bottom on goal difference, with 15 points.
Swansea City has lost 6 of their last 7 games.
There have been three or more goals in 8 of Swansea City’s last 10 matches.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their 12 home games this season (W9, D3).
5 of Liverpool’s last 6 games has featured -2.5 goals.
Liverpool has lost 3 of the last 13 meetings with Swansea City (W7, D3)
Swansea City have never won a match in any competition at Anfield and have lost 4 of their last 5 visits to Liverpool’s stadium.
When the two sides met at the Liberty Stadium in October, Liverpool recovered from Leroy Fer’s 8th minute goal to win 2:1 thanks to second half strikes from Roberto Firmino and James Milner.
Head to head matches: Liverpool FC - Swansea City
|01.10.2016||Prem||Swansea City||Liverpool FC||1:2|
|01.05.2016||Prem||Swansea City||Liverpool FC||3:1|
|29.11.2015||Prem||Liverpool FC||Swansea City||1:0|
Latest matches: Liverpool FC
|18.01.2017||FA C||Plymouth Argyle||Liverpool FC||0:1||W|
|15.01.2017||Prem||Manchester United||Liverpool FC||1:1||D|
|11.01.2017||EFL||Southampton FC||Liverpool FC||1:0||L|
|08.01.2017||FA C||Liverpool FC||Plymouth Argyle||0:0||D|
|02.01.2017||Prem||Sunderland AFC||Liverpool FC||2:2||D|
Latest matches: Swansea City
|14.01.2017||Prem||Swansea City||Arsenal FC||0:4||L|
|07.01.2017||FA C||Hull City||Swansea City||2:0||L|
|03.01.2017||Prem||Crystal Palace||Swansea City||1:2||W|
|31.12.2016||Prem||Swansea City||Bournemouth AFC||0:3||L|
|26.12.2016||Prem||Swansea City||West Ham United||1:4||L|
This is the first of four consecutive home games for Liverpool. Next week, they play Southampton in the EFL Cup second leg, followed by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup 4th round and finished with Chelsea on 31st January.
With that fixture list, Jürgen Klopp is expected to rotate the side. The XI for the visit of Swansea City will see few of those who started in the 1:0 win at Plymouth on Wednesday, play any part in this match.
A good point at Old Trafford can’t hide the fact that three draws in the last seven Premier League fixtures has cost them dear as Liverpool look to close the gap on Chelsea. They must win this match and then the Premier League leaders in ten days if they are to challenge for the title.
Liverpool are awaiting international clearance for Joel Matip and Mamadou Sakho to play in this match while Sadio Mane is at the Africa Cup of Nations. Marko Grujic is doubtful.
The feel-good factor around the Welsh club after appointing Paul Clement as manager didn’t last long. Arsenal barely got out of second gear to thrash them 4:0 last weekend.
Clement’s cause isn’t helped by the continued absence of Neil Taylor and Jefferson Montero while Mo Barrow is doubtful.
New signing Martin Olsson is expected to start while Tom Carroll is also in contention after making his move to South Wales permanent. After last weekend’s lacklustre performance, Leroy Fer and Borja Baston are likely to start.
Swansea’s biggest problem is stopping their heads dropping after they concede the first goal. It’s happened in six of their last seven games and is unlikely to be any different.
Liverpool need to beware though. On the two previous occasions the Swans have scored first, they have won the game although Sunderland and Crystal Palace aren’t quite as good as the Reds!
It’s hard to think of a strong reason why Swansea City will even get a point in this match. After their poor showing last weekend, Liverpool will fancy scoring a hatful of goals this weekend.
No doubt that the Swans will defend doggedly but with just three clean sheets this season, it’s very likely that they will concede at least once.
In their matches against the top six sides, Swansea has conceded 22 goals in 7 games and this weekend is likely to be no different.
Clement and his players may take comfort from Liverpool’s draw at Sunderland but in their four games against the current bottom three, the Reds have netted 15 times.
Their biggest hope rest on frustrating Liverpool and shutting them out for as long as possible. Anfield can be silenced quite quickly and that frustration offers the Swans the chance to keep Liverpool out.
21 January 2017 - 12:30 GMT
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