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    Liverpool vs Swansea City Match Preview

    Liverpool will be aiming to record their first Premier League victory of 2017 when they welcome relegation-threatened Swansea to Anfield in Saturday's early kick-off.

    The Reds have the chance to temporarily reduce Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to four points, although the London side have the opportunity to respond on Sunday when they play Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

    Swansea suffered a 4-0 defeat against Arsenal a week ago in manager Paul Clement's first game in charge and only the most unlikeliest of victories seven days later would enable the club to climb outside the bottom-three.


    Liverpool began 2017 with three draws and a defeat, in three different competitions, but Wednesday night's FA Cup win over Plymouth Argyle finally delivered the club a victory at the fifth attempt.

    Lucas Leiva scored for the first time since September 2010 to help his team progress to the fourth round, by the solitary goal, and set up a meeting with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

    Jurgen Klopp made nine changes at Home Park to the side that earned a creditable 1-1 draw against Manchester United last Sunday but will be expected to bring back some of the players who were rested in midweek.

    That could also mean a recall for Nathaniel Clyne, who has missed the last two matches with a rib injury, while Philippe Coutinho is expected to keep his place after making his first start since sustaining an ankle injury in November.

    Jurgen Klopp's side have an excellent record against Saturday's opponents, with their only defeat in the last 10 meetings coming when the club were resting players ahead of last season's Europa Cup semi-final against Villarreal.

    Another victory for Liverpool this weekend would move The Reds into second-place in the table, above in-form Tottenham Hotspur who travel to the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City later in the day.

    The club's busy fortnight continues with Wednesday's return-leg against Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-finals, the FA Cup tie with Wolves three days later and then two Premier League matches against Chelsea and Hull City respectively.

    Swansea City

    Paul Clement was handed a baptism of fire upon being named as Swansea's third permanent manager of the season earlier this month ahead of a fiendishly-difficult set of fixtures.

    His reign started with a 4-0 loss at home to Arsenal, while tomorrow's trip to Anfield will be followed by matches against Southampton, Manchester City, reigning champions Leicester and league leaders Chelsea.

    The Swans gave a good account of themselves in the opening 37 minutes against Arsenal but capitulated once The Gunners had taken the lead and went on to concede three or more goals for the 11th time this season.

    Clement's side have scored as many times as 10th place Burnley this campaign but the 49 goals let in at the other end is the worst in the league, while the club have kept only three clean sheets all season.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente have both contributed with six goals for the club this campaign, although record-signing Borja Baston has dissappointed having only scored once in 14 appearances since his summer move from Atletico Madrid.

    Swansea can take encouragement from a 3-1 victory against Liverpool last May, although inspirational skipper Ashley Williams and prolific forward Andre Ayew, who scored two goals on the day, are no longer at the club.

    One of the Welsh side's better performances this campaign also came against Saturday's opponents when Leroy Fer gave the home side an early lead but squandered chances proved costly as a late James Milner penalty earned Liverpool all three points.

    Liverpool Team News

    Jurgen Klopp is expected to recall most of the players he rested for the midweek victory over Plymouth Argyle, with the likes of James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino all likely to return.

    Philippe Coutinho should make his first Premier League start since the end of November but Joel Matip will not be available for selection while a dispute continues with the Cameroon national side over his availability.

    Captain Jordan Henderson and right-back Nathaniel Clyne are expected to feature after both players returned to training on Friday following respective muscle and rib problems.

    Marko Grujic has not recovered from a hamstring injury, while both Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan are not likely to feature for the remainder of the season while they recover from long-term knee injuries.

    Swansea City Team News

    Dutch winger Luciano Narsingh, who arrived on a £4 million deal from PSV Eindhoven earlier this month, has been named in the Swansea squad but is unlikely to make his debut while he nurses a calf strain.

    Fellow new signings, left-back Martin Olsson and midfielder Tom Carroll, are expected to make their debuts following recent transfers from Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

    Modou Barrow and Leon Britton have both been named in the Swansea squad despite remaining doubtful due to injury, while Neil Taylor has been ruled out with a fractured cheekbone.

    The Swans' only other player on the sidelines is winger Jefferson Montero, who hasn't played since Boxing Day and is likely to be unavailable for another 10 days as he recovers from a hamstring injury.


    Swansea have recorded only one victory over Liverpool during the last 10 matches between the sides, a 3-1 win last May, while they have never won a league game at Anfield in 15 previous attempts.

    The club did manage to win two and draw three of their first six meetings with Liverpool following their promotion back into the top flight in 2011, but they went on to lose the next five in succession.

    James Milner scored an 84th minute winner when Liverpool beat their Welsh opponents 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium in October after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Leroy Fer's opener after eight minutes.

    It is Liverpool who lead the overall head-to-head, almost exactly 81 years since the first encounter between the two teams, with a resounding 22 wins to Swansea's 10, while eight of the 40 matches have ended in draws.

    Score Prediction

    Liverpool 4-1 Swansea City
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