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Five Things We Learned From The Swansea Game

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1) The grey area between a penalty or simulation The decision to give Daniel Sturridge a yellow card for simulation was an absolute joke in my opinion. After logging on to Twitter at half time it appears some people felt he got what he deserved. For me, he was clearly impeded via the action of a push and while this action obviously didn't warrant a penalty it isn't to say the alternative was to book him for simulation.

It seems at the moment within the penalty box there is no option for the referee to just continue play when something like that happens, either he has to award a penalty or he has to punish the player, despite the fact they clearly didn't dive.
2) James Milner = vital His penalty kick that followed up Roberto Firmino's earlier goal was obviously pivotal but Milner's whole game in general is something to praise at the moment. I still feel as though he's being caught off guard defensively on the odd occasion but then it's not his natural posit…

Reds Off To Wales

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Liverpool travel to Swansea on Saturday afternoon and depending on which story you believe Jurgen Klopp could be lining up against one of three managers: Francesco Guidolin, Ryan Giggs or Bob Bradley.
Guidolin has got off to a terrible start with Swansea this season with the Swans collecting four losses in their last five matches. A good performance against Manchester City wasn't enough to stave off the mounting pressure on the Italian manager and I personally will not be surprised if the Liverpool result is the end of his tenure in Wales.
Guidolin will probably be pretty pleased though, according to the Italian press when he signed the deal with Swansea he actually thought he was going to manage Watford...
Jordi Amat of Swansea said this week that the players believe in their manager and are fully behind him but it's going to take a lot more than belief to get a win over Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool this weekend. The Reds have got off to a flying start and have lost just one…

Milner Penalty Secures Three Points For Reds

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Liverpool just about managed to get the better of Swansea at Anfield on Sunday as Jürgen Klopp had to settle for a penalty to give his side all three points. It proved to be a fruitful weekend for the Reds though who capitalised as some of the big boys dropped points.
There was no Coutinho or Lucas for Liverpool but positively both Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson appeared on the bench. The game began with a minutes applause for Gerry Byrne who sadly passed this week.
The first half although not exactly brilliant did fall into the Reds' hands. An initial break into the box from Jordan Ibe almost ended in a goal after Bartley nearly turned the ball into the back of his own net.
Benteke was also causing hassle for Ashley Williams, the Swansea player also became frustrated at one stage when it appeared Benteke had dived in order to try and gain an advantage on the edge of the box. Watching it back it was a bit…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Swansea

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Liverpool welcome Swansea onto the Anfield turf on Sunday afternoon as Jurgen Klopp looks to start a run of form at L4. Fixtures away from home have been somewhat kinder to the Reds of late and injury woes may put a spanner in the works for the boss.
The news filtering through that Daniel Sturridge may have played a greater role in the decision to not feature against Bordeaux has left some fans questions his loyalty to the team. I personally think that after the issues Sturridge has had throughout his career it's a psychological barrier for him, what somebody else would brush off as nothing, he takes dead serious and you can't really blame him for that. Clearly, he needs to change his mind set but hopefully under the guidance of Klopp he can do that and will return to the field sooner rather than later.
In other news, Liverpool will be unable to utilise Lucas as he serves a suspension for this fixture. It is also unlikely that Coutinho will feature and despite being involved …

Lallana Shines In Swansea Win

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Brendan Rodgers steered his Liverpool side to an emphatic 4-1 win over Swansea at Anfield on Monday night as the Reds finally began to look like a side that could frighten the opposition and be successful in attack.

I'm the first to admit that when I saw the starting line up, it wasn't completely my cup of tea. Particularly because Balotelli was missing (you all know I'm practically in love with the man now so just leave me be haha) but also that fact Can was deployed in defence. I realise Can has played in this position before but I much prefer him in an attacking role and wanted to see him further up the pitch.

However, as is often the case with me, I was completely wrong to question that line up. It did take a while to find the first goal but once we'd broken the deadlock the Reds really began to get into the game and for the first time in a very long while we were genuinely exciting to watch. Can as well played brilliantly in his defence role, extremely calm and c…

Rodgers' Reds Face Monk's Swans

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Liverpool welcome Swansea to Anfield on Monday night as they look for another win after beating Burnley 1-0 on Boxing Day. It's an extremely familiar opposition for Brendan who will relish the chance to get the better of his old captain Garry Monk.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon goalkeeper Brad Jones who is suffering from a thigh injury. Lovren, Johnson, Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge are all still unavailable too. Swansea are relatively strong squad wise with just Montero unavailable through injury.

Swansea are currently 8th in the Premier League, three points ahead of Liverpool who are sitting in 9th. The Welsh side have won three of their last six league fixtures, drawing one and losing two. Swansea have scored six goals in the last six games and conceded six.

Liverpool have also collected three wins in their last six league games, losing just one and drawing two. The Reds have scored seven goals in that time and conceded six.

The last time the two sid…

Balo Scores In Late Swansea Win

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Liverpool left it very late to progress past Swansea City in the league cup on Tuesday night but eventually with the help of a Mario Balotelli goal the Reds did enough to squeeze through. Dejan Lovren's goal in the fifth minute of time added on secured the win for Brendan Rodgers' side.

The game got off to a steady yet unproductive start for the home side as Liverpool were maintaining a lot of possession but struggling to create any real danger in the final third. Brendan Rodgers had certainly shook up the side with Fabio Borini getting his first start in a while. The Italian put on a good display in front of the Anfield crowd but his real moment to shine would occur later in the game when his Italian compatriot would enter play.

Philippe Coutinho or "the magician" as many like to call him, was another positive on display for Liverpool. His skill and speed allowed him to crack through the Swansea defence on occasion but there was still no end product for the Reds. I…

Reds Face Swans In League Cup

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Liverpool have not been left with much time to dwell on their 0-0 draw with Hull at the weekend as Brendan Rodgers prepares his side to face Swansea at Anfield in the league cup on Tuesday evening. With both sides perhaps opting to shake things up a bit it could be a very different XI fielded by the Reds.

After improving the overall performance on Saturday afternoon, many fans are hoping that Rickie Lambert will be given a start in this tie. For me we should be playing in a 4-4-2 anyway but if the manager disagrees with that system there isn't necessarily much to lose by risking it in a league cup tie. Alongside Balotelli in this fixture it could further help a forged partnership up front before the much needed return of Daniel Sturridge.

The last time the two sides met was in February this year. In a seven goal thriller Jordan Henderson eventually found the Reds a winner in the 74th minute. The game ended 4-3.

Our last meeting with Swansea in the league cup was in 2012. The matc…

Leaky Defence But Attack Too Strong For Swansea

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Liverpool are renown for failing to make things easy for themselves but Sunday's performance against Swansea at Anfield was just taking the biscuit. In a game that saw the Reds lead 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and finally 4-3 it was a bit too much to take for the Kopites present who were left wondering why their defence had leaked so freely. Vitally though Liverpool collected all three points to keep the pressure on the top of the table.

Brendan Rodgers made two changes to his Liverpool side with Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger coming into the XI replacing Cissokho and Toure.

The game couldn't have started much better for the Reds who were on the score sheet after just three minutes. A lovely ball from Raheem Sterling set Sturridge on his way, the forward then took the ball around the keeper and finished with ease to put Liverpool ahead. The goal was also a milestone for Sturridge who now levels a Ruud Van Nistolrooy record being the only player(s) to score in 8 consecutive league games.

Liv…

Swansea Enter Anfield Fortress

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Brendan Rodgers welcomes his old side Swansea to Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool look to put their loss in the FA Cup behind them and make a real challenge in the league. With Gary Monk now in the hot seat for the Welsh side it will be interesting to see what he can bring to this fixture.

An injury update from Rodgers on Friday made unpleasant hearing for some Liverpool fans as it was announced Jose Enrique had been to America to see a specialist about his knee injury and could potentially be out for the rest of the season. On the plus side Glen Johnson is back for the Reds but Lucas and Sakho are both still unavailable.

For Swansea they are unable to call upon Michu who has an ankle injury but Jonjo Shelvey came back for the side to feature against Napoli in the Europa League.

Swansea currently find themselves 10th in the league. Current form for the Swans has been a bit hit and miss, they managed to hold Napoli to a draw in the week but in the league they have lost three out of thei…

The Shelvey Effect

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It was a game ex Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey would probably rather forget and during his post match interview it did look like he was trying his best to block out the previous 90 minutes because after a dream start for the midfielder, things quickly took a turn for the worse. Jonjo opened the scoring for Swansea after a miss kick eventually led him to an opportunity to find the back of the net. Shortly after though he gifted Daniel Sturridge an equaliser and that wasn't even the end of the story.

Liverpool had made some changes to their starting line up, namely the addition of new signing Sakho who replaced Daniel Agger. Agger apparently was injured in a "freak gym accident"... that's a new one.  Victor Moses also made his debut for the Reds.

Anyone who looked at this match thinking it was going to be easy was mistaken from the onset in my opinion but I don't think anybody could have predicted the way the game opened.

In the second minute of the game Jonjo Shelve…

Reds Look To Keep Momentum After International Break

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Hooray! I hear you all cry, the international break has finally ended, I don't know about you but I bloody hate international breaks! Anyway, we're here and we're back, ready to face Swansea with the incentive of putting ourselves back at the top of the table. If the Reds win they will be 3 points clear of the chasing pack.

Injuries for Liverpool mean there are a few doubts hanging over key players. Daniel Sturridge for example is presumed to be ok for tomorrow night's game but it would still be a quick return for the in form forward. Kolo Toure is also apparently available to start. Joe Allen is also a doubt whilst Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Sebastian Coates are all out long term. Luis Suarez is also still serving his ban.

For Swansea they are without Taylor who isn't expected back until early October and they also have doubts hanging over Dyer and Tate. Jonjo Shelvey who of course is an ex Liverpool man also had to quickly regain fitness but it is widely agre…

Reds Finally Beat A Side Above Them In The Table

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Liverpool produced an emphatic win over Swansea on Sunday with 5 different goalscorers finding the back of the net. In complete contrast to their last outing in the league against West Brom, this time the Reds created and took their chances leaving a weakened Swansea side with a lot to deal with.

Brendan put out a very strong XI for this fixture and new signing Coutinho also got his first start. Laudrup though made 7 changes to his Swansea side perhaps with one eye on Wembley. Sturridge was back up front for Liverpool who missed him dearly in the Europa League.

Liverpool began the first half at Anfield in a confident fashion, shots from the likes of Coutinho, Suarez and Sturridge didn't take long to appear at all but the home crowd would have to wait until just after the half hour mark to see their first goal of the game.

At 33 minutes Luis Suarez was taken down in the box by Agustein, the Uruguayan had been challenged earlier in the box too but appeals were waved. Nevertheless L…

Reds Look For Win Against Swansea

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It's Swansea at Anfield on Sunday for Liverpool and the Reds will be looking to find their way back to winning ways after two defeats on the trot. The loss against Zenit followed the same suit as the West Brom game and it's a worrying prospect that Liverpool are able to crumble so easily but in contrast, when looking at the performances againt Arsenal and Man City, it's clear Liverpool can still get a result.

There are no new injury worries for Liverpool and so Brendan will have the pick of the bunch for this tie against Swansea. The Welsh side on the other hand will be without the influential Chico Flores who has ruptured his ankle ligaments (ouch!) and Neil Taylor is also still out with a broken leg.

The last time the two sides met was in November last year. The game ended in a 0-0 draw despite 9 shots on target from Liverpool. The last time Swansea were at Anfield was in October for the League Cup, the game ended badly for Liverpool who conceded 3 with only one return …

Goalless Draw At Liberty For Liverpool

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Liverpool had to settle for a 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday as Swansea held out the Reds attack and failed to find the net themselves. It was probably a fair result in the end but Liverpool did appear to have the better of the chances, unfortunately for Brendan's side though they were not converted.

Liverpool had recalled Henderson and Downing to the starting line up after they featured in the Europa League and Brendan also decided to utilise Jose Enrique's presence in attack pushing him forward on the wing.

It was a very balanced 90 minutes from both sides perhaps boiling down to the fact that both managers enjoy a passing game, it was so similar we cancelled each other out at times and it was always going to take something special for a lead to be gained.

The early exchange of attacks saw Swansea force Reina into action just after the 10 minute mark when Routledge put in a strong strike. Shortly afterwards a searching cross into the box from Glen Johnson left En…

Brendan Returns To The Liberty

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Liverpool are off to Wales on Sunday as they aim to chalk up a win at the Liberty Stadium. Brendan Rodgers became a god like figure to Swansea fans during his tenure but after the Welsh side picked up a win at Anfield in the League Cup, some Jacks were left wondering why they were so upset when he left.

Injuries for Liverpool aren't really causing any major concern with the likes of Lucas and Kelly obviously still out and only Wisdom with a slight doubt hanging over fitness. For Swansea they've had three lads missing through illness; Davies, Graham and Moore (don't eat where they do) but manager Laudrup expects to be able to call on them for the clash on Sunday.

Liverpool are currently 11th in the table after a run of 6 games unbeaten but Swansea City find themselves above the Reds in 10th place and 1 point ahead. Liverpool's Jamie Carragher recently suggested that 4th spot wasn't out of the question for his side and he could be onto something. If the Reds record …

Swans Give Liverpool A Fright

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Liverpool were knocked out of the League cup on Wednesday night by Swansea who have never in their history reached the quarter finals of the competition. A weakened side from Brendan Rodgers had to be strengthened with the likes of Gerrard and Suarez at half time but even the presence of stars couldn't hand the Reds a win.

Swansea came to Anfield with exactly the right intentions; to attack. Too many teams come to Liverpool and don't feel brave enough to take on the Reds, especially in cup games where anything can happen and an away side will often rely on it's counter attack.

For Swansea it was the complete opposite, they applied pressure from the whistle and had the better first half by far. Liverpool had youngster Yesil up front but he wasn't as impressive as he has been in some international fixtures we have seen him in, however, Yesil is certainly one for the future.

Swansea on the other hand were having no problems with their front men but it was a defender that…

Swansea Back To Haunt Brendan?

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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…

Joe Allen: Welcome To Anfield

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Joe Allen making it the shock of the century after he was spotted watching the lads versus Gomel, I hope whoever planned that one doesn't have to organise a surprise birthday party...

But nevertheless he's here and we're happy. At 22 he's a youthful signing from Brendan and of course the manager knows him extremely well from his time spent working with him at Swansea. So much for not going after their players ay? I'm sure a Christmas card to the chairman will sort everything out if they don't feel it's in their best interest.

Allen was clearly keen to link back up with his former boss but there seemed to be a bit of a tussle over the price. In the end Liverpool are believed to have paid in the region of £15million. Slightly more than I would have liked us to have paid if I'm honest but definitely not extortionate.

The midfielder is renowned for being a great passer of the ball, in a side that Brendan wants to make su…

New Reds Boss - Rodgers

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According to the BBC and the likes of @GuilemBalague Liverpool have just appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new manager after he agreed to sign a three year contract.

It's been a long list of candidates but has been clear in the last couple of days that it was between Wigan's Roberto Martinez and Swansea's Brendan Rodgers. For most Liverpool fans the idea of looking down the Premier League table instead of perhaps abroad was a hard one to grasp but most if not all Liverpool fans were willing to get fully behind whoever was appointed.

An article from the telegraph discussing with Rodgers his "total football" ideologies and his belief that you can't win games without the ball/high focus and passing and movement has been doing the rounds on Twitter and this proves what Rodgers likes to do with his teams and certainly will aim to do with Liverpool.

For those that follow me on Twitter you'll know that I'll always voice my honest opinions and most importan…