Rodgers returns to Liberty Stadium with Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers could hardly have expected to return to the Liberty Stadium for the first time a point behind his former club when he departed for Liverpool in the summer. But there are signs of improvement at Anfield and Liverpool boast the league’s form player and top scorer in Luis Suarez and are unbeaten in five. Swansea are gradually improving under Michael Laudrup and have a number of dangerous players on the break, as they demonstrated in their 3-1 League Cup win at Anfield last month.
Venue Liberty Stadium, Sunday 1.30pm
Last season Swansea 1 Liverpool 0
Referee Jon Moss
This season’s matches 6 Y22, R1, 3.83 cards per game
Odds Swansea 13-5 Liverpool 11-10 Draw 12-5
Subs from Cornell, Bartley, Graham, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli, Situ, Agustien, Gower, Richards
Doubtful Bartley (thigh), Davies (illness), Graham (illness), Moore (illness)
Injured Vorm (groin, 8 Dec), Taylor (ankle, May)
Form guide WDDLWD
Disciplinary record Y26 R2
Leading scorer Michu 7
Subs from Doni, Jones, Cole, Assaidi, Pacheco, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey, Coady, Yesil, Wisdom, Flanagan, Robinson, Morgan
Doubtful Wisdom (knee)
Injured Lucas (thigh, 28 Nov), Borini (foot, Jan), Kelly (knee, Mar)
Form guide WDDDWD
Disciplinary record Y17 R2
Leading scorer Suárez 10
SOURCE: The Guardian
Swansea are unbeaten in their last three games against Liverpool in all competitions (W2, D1).
Liverpool failed to score in either Premier League meeting with The Swans last season.
The Reds have lost five of their last six league games at Swansea.
Swansea have lost just one of their last six Premier League matches (1-0 away at Man City) since a run of three consecutive defeats in September.
They have three more points (16) after 12 league games this season than they did at the same stage of last season.
Michael Laudrup’s side have won one of their last five Premier League home matches (2-1 v Wigan).
The Swans have not kept a clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches.
Four of Michu’s seven Premier League goals this season have been headers – more than any other player and more than 12 Premier League teams.
Ashley Williams is set to become the first player to make 50 Premier League appearances for the club.
Luis Suarez is the Premier League’s leading scorer with 10 goals this season. He is only the second Liverpool player to reach double figures before the New Year in the last 11 years. Fernando Torres netted 12 before the turn of the year in 2009-10.
Suarez is only one goal away from matching his best ever tally for a season in the Premier League.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches since September’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.
They are looking to win back-to-back matches for the first time since December last year.
Brendan Rodgers’s last game as Swansea manager was against Liverpool on the final day of last season.
fanatix prediction: 2-1: Liverpool to continue where good form and Rodgers to win against his former club.