Swansea will be aiming to confirm their league safety when Europa League semi-finalists Liverpool visit the Liberty Stadium in Sunday’s early Premier League kick-off.
1 May 2016
Kick-off: 12:00 GMT
Venue: The Liberty Stadium
Referee: R. East
Assistants: C. Hatzidakis, A. Nunn
Fourth official: K. Friend
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Swansea 15 3 4 8
Liverpool 15 8 4 3
Liverpool 1-0 Swansea City 29/11/15 (Premier League)
Liverpool goalscorer: J. Milner (62′ pen)
Players to watch:
Despite failing to shine in the recent defeats to Leicester City and Newcastle United, Gylfi Sigurdsson remains the danger man for the Swans. The attacking midfielder scored in both 1-0 wins prior to their back-to-back defeats and is bound to end his goal-scoring drought soon.
For Liverpool, meanwhile, there are several candidates, due in part to manager Jurgen Klopp’s recent penchant for rotating his squad.
That being said, Daniel Sturridge has six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances, and is bound to start after being an unused substitute in Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League.
Exciting prospect Sheyi Ojo should also feature for the Reds, while another promising youngster, Danny Ward is expected to start in place of first-choice keeper Simon Mignolet.
Klopp: “It’s not about next Thursday. If you think about that now then we have no chance on Sunday. We always respect the @premierleague.”
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 29, 2016
Team form and manager quotes:
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five Premier League fixtures, but will be bitterly disappointed to have thrown away a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Newcastle United last time out.
The seventh-placed Reds could leapfrog West Ham United in sixth if they manage to pick up three points against the Swans.
“It wouldn’t make sense to start with the same lineup as yesterday. We need fresh legs and fresh minds at Swansea,” Klopp told reporters when asked about his squad selection for the clash.
Commenting on the early kick-off, he added: “It is Sunday, all English people will have lunch and we play football.
“At 12 o’clock I am usually hungry. If my players are hungry tomorrow too it is good for the game. Hungry for success.”
The Swans, meanwhile, will be desperate to give a good account of themselves against the Merseysiders, with their safety not yet assured.
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Manager Francesco Guidolin is hoping to keep Liverpool quiet and claim at least a point from the Reds.
“We need points,” he said. “After that we can speak about other situations and other problems, but all I want is to make sure we are safe mathematically.
“I have spoken to the players and they convince me they are ready to play to the final game.”
In team news, Swans boss Guidolin will have to make do without striker Alberto Paloschi and midfielder Leroy Fer (both hamstring).
Jefferson Montero is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up, along with Ki Sung-yueng and Bafetimbi Gomis.
For Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho is not likely to be risked after being subbed off at half-time during Thursday clash with Villarreal due to illness.
Daniel Sturridge is expected to start after being an unused substitute against the Spanish outfit, while Sheyi Ojo and Danny Ward are expected to start. Klopp is expected to ring the changes in a bid to keep his side fresh for the second-leg clash with the Yellow Submarine at Anfield on Thursday evening.