Liverpool vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be aiming to close the gap on the Premier League’s top four to five points by beating a Swansea City side that is looking for a third win in succession.

The home side had to survive several nervy moments in their last match at Burnley before Raheem Sterling provided them with the only goal to earn a victory to go with their recent upturn in performances, which has coincided with the winger playing in a front three alongside Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana.

The game at Turf Moor also saw an earlier than expected return for Simon Mignolet in goal as Brad Jones was forced off injured. The Belgian will keep his place here, and will be determined to prove his worth to the Reds with his future currently in doubt.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was heavily linked with a move to Anfield at one stage in his career, but now he is shining for Swansea, proving their match-winner last time out against Aston Villa, where they had to hold firm to take three points which tightened their grip on eighth place.

Indeed, the defensive record has been one of the most impressive aspects of Garry Monk’s first full season as a manager, with Lukasz Fabianski having impressed in goal and the previously out-of-favour Kyle Bartley performing consistently well.

Defenders Jon Flanagan, Glen Johnson and Dejan Lovren are all still missing for Liverpool, but they do have striker Fabio Borini back from suspension.

Swansea are likely to be without winger Jefferson Montero after he was injured against Villa. The Ecuadorian is set to be replaced by Wayne Routledge.

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