liverpool, swansea


Liverpool travels to South Wales Monday evening with a well-rested side where they will face Gary Monk’s Swansea City after having a week without a midweek match for the first time since mid-January.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers must see this as a game his team needs to win after his recent comments on how many points he thinks Liverpool will need to qualify for next seasons Champions League.

“We have 30 points to play for, so I am guessing it will be another 23 points,” said Rodgers of the challenge he has given his side.

“That is how competitive it has been this year. We have won nine out of 11 in January and February, it has been a great run but now we have to be focused on these last 10 matches. Everything counts.

“We have to be aggressive in our game and now we have to nail it in the last 10. I know the players are focused on that.”

The team news is that they have Joe Allen and Steven Gerrard back from injury along with defender Mamadou Sakho which will allow Emre can to return to right back while Joe Allen takes up his regular position in midfield allowing his first choice back three of Sakho, Skrtel and Can.


Not much of a choice here till summer meaning that Rodgers will start Simon Mignolet as usual.

Here we expect to Mamadou Sakho back in the line-up at the expense of Dejan Lovren, while despite what looked like a horrific injury to Slovak defender Martin Skrtel against Blackburn in the FA Cup the 30-year-old defender is eager to play with Emre Can making up the rest of the back three.

Despite Steven Gerrard being back in full-training he is likely to be on the bench while Henderson and Allen start in midfield. Jordan Ibe is still unavailable with a knee injury so expect to see Lazar Markovic out on the right wing with Spaniard Alberto Moreno out left.

Rodger will go for the jugular here starting Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho meaning that Adam Lallana with be relegated to the bench.