Swansea Back To Haunt Brendan?

I'm sure Laudrup would relish a win at Anfield...
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Brendan Rodgers welcomes his old side Swansea to Anfield on Wednesday night as both teams aim to give their fans a treat on Halloween. This is the second outing in the League Cup so far for Liverpool and the Reds will certainly be looking to progress through the competition that they went all the way in last season.

Injuries for Liverpool mean that Pepe Reina and Glen Johnson are unavailable and it is predicted Brendan may field some fringe players. After a rather strong side against Anzhi and his best XI against Everton, it could be seen as an opportunity to give some players a rest.

The big injury worry for Swansea lies with Michael Vorm who is out for 8 weeks. It's a big blow for the Welsh side and his replacement Tremmel will have a lot on his hands.

Michael Laudrup got his Swansea side off to a steady start in the Premier League but the Jacks currently lie in 10th (still a plus on Liverpool's current standing). Their last match in the league cup saw them face Crawley and after an injury time goal Swansea sealed a 3-2 win.

The last time the two sides met was at the end of last season in May. Swansea won the game with the help of a late Danny Graham goal. If Swansea believe in omens though they won't want to be reminded of the last time the sides walked out together for a cup tie. The FA Cup of 1990 saw Liverpool put 8 goals past Swansea at Anfield.

Stat Sandwich

  • This is the first time the Reds have had a fixture at home in the League Cup since September 2010.
  • If Swansea win, it will be their first appearance in the League Cup quarter finals.
  • Liverpool have scored in 45 of their last 46 League Cup games.

Cup ties are always unpredictable and I'm struggling to make a suggestion about the game myself. Swansea are a strong side and have some real attacking presence but if Liverpool can hold their nerve and play like they have been of late then a win at Anfield should be on the cards.

Enjoy the match folks!