Liverpool will be aiming to collect their fourth win in five Premier League matches when they head to South Wales to take on Swansea City, having triumphed in each of the last four meetings between the sides.
There was a lot of possession but no penetration for Swansea last weekend as they were beaten heavily by title favourites Leicester City. A lot of the damage inflicted upon them was of their own making as Ashley Williams for an uncharacteristically casual and slack pass resulted in the opening goal, from which they never really recovered. To all intents and purposes it looked like the performance of a side that has little to play for other than to finish as high up the table as possible.
Off the field, however, there have been developments as the club moves closer to gaining a new majority stakeholder, investment which could be key towards progressing in years to come. There are also doubts over the long-term future of boss Francesco Guidolin, who against a considerable amount of adversity has done a fine job to haul the club to safety. As for this match, it will be a case of following on from their recent home outings and proving difficult to beat against what will be a much-changed Liverpool side.
Although they are still very much in with a chance of making it through their Europa League semi-final with Villarreal, the Reds will look back on Thursday’s visit to El Madrigal with a sense that they missed an opportunity. Comfortable for much of the evening and often just one quality final ball away from grabbing that vital away goal, manager Jurgen Klopp adopted what was arguably too cautious an approach, playing without a recognised striker until the dying minutes before losing the game on the counter-attack.
It was a massive surprise not to see Daniel Sturridge involved at all, so ahead of their attempts to turn things around in the second leg it will be interesting if Klopp chooses to start with the England star here. Elsewhere, it is likely to be another chance for some promising youngsters to continue staking their claim, with right-back Conor Randall and midfielder Kevin Stewart having impressed since being given their chance. The only domestic blip of late came last weekend when they let a two-goal lead slip against Newcastle United.
Swansea will be without on-loan midfielder Leroy Fer and striker Alberto Paloschi because of respective hamstring injuries.
Philippe Coutinho is unlikely to be involved for Liverpool due to illness, while Christian Benteke is back having come on as a substitute in the closing stages in Villarreal.
Last Meeting: Liverpool’s first ever victory at the Liberty Stadium came at the fourth attempt in March 2015 as a freak goal from Jordan Henderson rewarded their gradual superiority. An attempted clearance from Jordi Amat cannoned off the midfielder and sailed into the net to leave Swansea cursing their luck after being denied twice in the first half from visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
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