Liverpool Club Focus – Swansea stand between Liverpool and top four in the Premier League

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish could hand £58m strike duo Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez another chance to demonstrate their blossoming on-field partnership as the Reds prepare to face newly-promoted Swansea City this weekend. Carroll and Suarez showed encouraging signs that they were improving as a pair at West Bromwich Albion last Saturday and Dalglish will be hoping to see much of the same at Anfield.

Swansea may currently be sitting in the top half of the Premier League table, but that is largely down to their terrific home form. Brendan Rodgers’ side have failed to recreate that impressive form on their travels though and have taken just a single point away from home so far this term.

But that does not necessarily spell a comfortable win for the Reds. In fact, Dalglish will be aware of the fact that the Anfield outfit have struggled to ‘kill off’ the game against some smaller sides over the last few years and have consequently dropped valuable points. With that in mind, the game against Swansea could prove to be a potential banana skin. After all, the last time Liverpool were at home, they could only manage a draw against another promoted side in the form of Norwich City.

And Dalglish has warned the crowd not to expect Liverpool to dominate the game from start to finish against a side who are known for their ability to keep, pass and move the ball around comfortably. The Scot said: “The supporters have to understand that sometimes there is a bit of disrespect for teams who have been promoted. Swansea might have spells of possession in the game, which we’ve got to accept.

We’ve rued the games against some promoted teams over the last few years. Swansea are one of the promoted teams but they’re a decent side and they’ve got a good collection of points.

The Reds will definitely be without inspirational captain Steven Gerrard, who has picked up another injury recently, despite only returning from a lengthy lay-off just a few weeks ago. The former England skipper is recovering from an ankle infection and is not expected to be out for too long.

Another Kop hero, Jamie Carragher, could also miss out through injury. Dalglish said: “We’ll check on Carra for Saturday and see how he is. If he’s not going to be right, he is not going to be right. As a football club, we’re much better with those two (Carragher and Gerrard) fit. They’ve been fantastic servants to the club and will continue to be fantastic servants.

It was a great achievement for the boys to get a result at West Brom without either of those two playing, but I am sure they’ll not be far away from playing.”

Despite the absence of Gerrard and Carragher, Liverpool will still be favourites for the clash against Swansea and should the Reds pick up all three points, they could potentially climb into the top-four in the table.

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