Liverpool return to Barclays Premier League action with a trip to Swansea City on Sunday. It’s the first time the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Colin Pascoe, Joe Allen and co will return to the Liberty Stadium since moving to Anfield in the summer. The two teams recently met in the Capital One Cup at Anfield, with Swansea recording a 3-1 win. Last season’s corresponding fixture ended 1-0 in the Swans’ favour.
Liverpool and Swansea, who are pretty much even with regards to their footballing philosophy, will battle it out a match that promises to test the wits of both managers involved. Laudraup has taken the possession game from last season, and added efficiency on the ball with Michu being a great use of the 15MM they received in return for Joe Allen. Michu now has 8 goals, only 2 less than LS7. Too many times, when coming under pressure from opposition players, Liverpool seem to lose track of the whole point of possession play. Which, to begin with, is to have possession so that they can win. Liverpool’s win percentage has been slipping for a while now. With
Benítez it was 55%, and even with Dalglish rescuing 2010/11, Hodgson’s poor start left it at an overall 45% (having been at 35% under the former Fulham man’s 20 games). Last season it was 37%, and so far this season (going into the Swansea game) it’s a quite alarming 25%.
Swansea tend to focus attacks from the right and throught the middle. Possession football with short passes and plenty of attempted through balls. Defensively they keep the ball in their area for long periods , aggressive in the tackle and a consistent defence shape. Weaknesses, preventing long shots, set peices, and defending against skilful players. Last year’s Great Wall of Swansea in front of the post, Michel Vorm, is currently out injured thus increasing the possibilities of a Suarez shot finding its way back into the net.
The odds for a result are 25% for a home win, 25% for a draw, 50% for an away win
Goalkeepers: Reina, Jones, Gulacsi
Defenders: Johnson, Wisdom, Flanagan, Skrtel, Agger, Coates, Carragher, Enrique, Robinson
Midfielders: Sahin, Gerrard (c), Allen, Henderson, Downing, Shelvey, Suso, Sterling, Assaidi, Cole
Strikers: Suarez, Yesil, Morgan
Considering the last game could be considered to have an almost 2-8-0
formation, a la Barcelona, after Wisdom went off, and with no recognised
strikers, predicting the formation and team is getting to be almost
Nine Reds have made the move to Wales, including legends John Toshack (1978; free transfer), Tommy Smith (1978; free), Ian Callaghan (1978; free), Ray Kennedy (1982; £160k) and Jan Molby (1996; free).
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