Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs Swansea City
Venue: Anfield – Saturday, January 21 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 1/4 – Draw 5/1 – Swansea 10/1
The Merseyside club are sitting third, seven points off top spot and need to get on a run of form again in a bid to close that gap. They have drawn their last two league games which has slightly stuttered their title challenge.
Jurgen Klopp’s side come into this one having secured their place in the next round of the FA Cup, after their replay win against Plymouth on Wednesday Night.
Liverpool have beaten Swansea in their last four meetings at Anfield and will be feeling confident of extending that run here.
Swansea City are in trouble. They sit bottom of the Premier League and have won just once in their last six domestic outings.
Paul Clement will try to steady what looks a fast sinking ship but will be all too aware of how difficult this tie is going to be. Swansea were thumped 4-0 by Arsenal in their last game and they could be in for a similar scoreline here if their defensive performance doesn’t improve.
There is still plenty of time for Swansea to get out of trouble. There are just ten points separating 11th and bottom place, so a run of positive results would more than likely see them move into a healthier position. Clement has signed both Martin Olsson and Tom Carroll to attempt to improve things, they should both help to lift spirits in the squad.
Swansea did win their last away fixture in the league, which was only the second time they have managed three points on the road this season. City have amassed just seven points away from home in the 16/17 campaign and it is difficult to see them adding to that tally here.
Liverpool are expecting to be without five for this one as Danny Ings, Joel Matip, Mamadou Sakho, Marko Grujic and Sadio Mane are all set to be unavailable for selection.
Swansea City have just the three injury concerns as Jefferson Montero, Neil Taylor and Modou Barrow are all out.
Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/D/D
Swansea City’s last five: L/L/L/W/L
Key Stat: Liverpool have not lost in their last 17 Premier League games at Anfield.
Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Liverpool forward is going to need to step up and provide even more in the absence of Sadio Mane. He has netted six times this season and will see this as an opportunity to increase his tally.
Liverpool 3-0 Swansea City – This should be a routine win for Liverpool so long as they remain focused and patient in breaking their opponents down. Swansea have to try to be tighter at the back, if they let Liverpool in early they know it could be a long afternoon with an unfavourably high scoreline.