Liverpool play host to Swansea City for the first time in almost 30 years on Saturday and although there have been very few meetings between the two sides, both clubs have more in common than first meets the eye. A number of legendary Reds have played for Swansea including Ian Callaghan, Tommy Smith and John Toshack, while Jan Molby (like Toshack) once managed the Swans.
One of the more famous incidents involving Swansea and a legendary Red came during the Swans’ visit to Anfield during the 1981/82 season. Then Swansea manager John Toshack took off his Swansea tracksuit top to reveal a Liverpool jersey prior to the commencement of a minute’s silence in memory of Bill Shankly who had died just days before the match. More recently former Red Besian Idrizaj (who played for Swansea at the time) died in May 2010 of a suspected heart attack.
One of the most impressive aspects of Swansea’s return to the top flight is their commitment to playing passing and possession football – not unlike ourselves. As mentioned in the Guardian’s Chalkboards coverage “only Chelsea (59%) and Arsenal (58%) enjoy a higher average percentage of possession than Swansea’s 57%”
Liverpool’s overall record against Swansea in the league:
• Total – P: 20 W: 10 D: 4 L: 6 F: 51 A: 27
• Home – P: 10 W: 8 D: 2 L: 0 F: 33 A: 5
• Away – P: 10 W: 2 D: 2 L: 6 F: 18 A: 22
Liverpool’s biggest victories and defeats against Swansea at Anfield (league):
• Biggest win (overall): 5-0 (25/11/1961)
• Biggest defeat (overall): N/A
• Biggest win (Premier League): N/A
• Biggest defeat (Premier League): N/A
Liverpool returned to winning ways in the league with a 2-0 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns and our un-beaten run now extends to seven games (including the League Cup). If Saturday’s meeting with Swansea ends in a stalemate it will be the first time we’ve drawn three consecutive home games in the league since the 2008/09 campaign (Fulham 0-0, West Ham 0-0, Hull 2-2).
This is Swansea’s first season in the top flight since 1982/83 and so far they have acquitted themselves well. Brendan Rodgers’ men have won three and drawn three of their 10 PL matches but all 12 of the points they have amassed so far were picked up at the Liberty Stadium. It’s away from home where the Swans have struggled, losing four and drawing one of their five away fixtures prior to their visit to Anfield.
Premier League positions prior to weekend fixtures:
• Liverpool: 6th – P: 10 W: 5 D: 3 L: 2 F: 14 A: 10 GD: +4 Pts: 18
• Swansea: 10th – P: 10 W: 3 D: 3 L: 4 F: 12 A: 15 GD: -3 Pts: 12
Steven Gerrard (ankle infection) is Liverpool’s only confirmed absentee.
Steven Caulker (knee) and Alan Tate (broken leg) both miss out due to injury for Swansea.
Goalkeepers: Reina, Doni
Defenders: Johnson, Carragher (c), Agger, Skrtel, Coates, Enrique, Aurelio, Kelly, Flanagan
Midfielders: Lucas, Maxi, Adam, Henderson, Downing, Spearing
Strikers: Suárez, Carroll, Bellamy, Kuyt
Goalkeepers: Vorm, Moreira
Defenders: Williams, Taylor, Monk (c), Bessone, Àngel Rangel, Situ, Davies, Walsh, Alfei
Midfielders: Bodde, Britton, Orlandi, Sinclair, Dyer, Routledge, Cotterill, Allen, Gower
Strikers: Graham, Dobbie, Lita, Moore
- Misfiring Andy Carroll gives limp Liverpool a new kind of ‘Tosh’ (guardian.co.uk)