Preview: Swansea – Liverpool

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Liverpool currently lie third, having ended Manchester City’s long unbeaten run in their last league game (4-3). For Swansea, it is a familiar tale of woe, with the South Wales side set to spend a third consecutive month at the foot of the table unless there is a drastic recovery under new manager Carlos Carvalhal.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

This game could see Liverpool complete a run of five consecutive wins for the first time since March 2015. Curiously, the fifth opponents in that sequence were Swansea, with the Reds winning 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on the day.

It comes as no surprise to see that Liverpool’s historical record over Swansea is dominant, standing at W23, D8, L11 ahead of kickoff. More recently though, Swansea have upset the odds, winning two of the last four encounters with Liverpool.

Swansea often conceded goals for fun, but central defender Alfie Mawson is one player that has emerged as a target for the better clubs in the Premier League. However, Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal has stated his intent to keep Mawson at the club, saying: “The fundamental idea is not to sell the players and try to improve the team. When I came to the club the idea was not to sell the best players. The message was very clear.”

Key battles: If Mawson is worth the attention of better clubs, he must effectively combat the irrepressible force that is Liverpool attacker Mo Salah. With six goals in his last seven league games, the Egyptian international is not letting up – although he somehow didn’t manage a goal against Swansea in December’s reverse fixture.

Stat attack: Liverpool hammered Swansea 5-0 in said game, and would today emulate a special record if they win by a margin of 5+ goals. The 2001/02 season is the last time Liverpool won both fixtures over a team by 5+ goals, with Ipswich Town the victims on that occasion.

 

Missing players

Swansea: T. Abraham (doubtful), A. Rangel (doubtful)

Liverpool: A. Bogdan (knee injury), N. Clyne (lower back injury), J. Henderson (doubtful), R. Klavan (doubtful), A. Moreno (doubtful), D. Sturridge (doubtful).