Liverpool take on Swansea City on Tuesday night, 26th December 2017 as part of boxing day premier leagues schedule at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s men will be hoping to get three points and keep up the pace with the top three teams in the league. Swansea City on the other hand are rock bottom at the moment and things are not looking very good for the Welsh side. However, they can take heart from the fact that Liverpool have won only four of the 9 home games so far this season. The match will be a evening kickoff with BT Sports broadcasting it live in the UK.
6′ PHILIPPE COUTINHO 1-0 // 52′ ROBERTO FIRMINO 2-0 // 65′ TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD 3-0 // 66′ ROBERTO FIRMINO 4-0 // 82′ ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN 5-0
Swansea City vs Liverpool Preview: This Liverpool side has something about them this season which put them right in the title contention specially after the start they have made so far. They have already beaten Arsenal and Chelsea and drew away against Tottenham but they will be eager to avoid results against bottom table sides which haunted them last season. Swansea are one of the teams who defeated Liverpool last year and Klopp will be extremely cautious about the threat posed by this Swansea side.
Swansea on the other hand has made a slow start to the season taking only four points of the possible 18 in 6 games so far. But playing at home they will fancy their chances getting something out of this game if they can restrict Liverpool in the first half.
Liverpool 2-3 Swansea City – January 2017
[ Premier League 2017 Match ]
48′ 0 – 1 Fernando Llorente scored from a close range to put Swansea in surprise lead just after the half time break.
53′ 0 – 2 Fernando Llorente scored again minutes later to make it 2-0 and made Liverpool’s life even harder.
55′ 1 – 2 Roberto Firmino immediately brought Liverpool back in the game with a thumping header to make it 1-2. Game on at Anfield.
69′ 2 – 2 Roberto Firmino scored another with absolute class finish. Taking the ball off his chest and unleashing first a left foot volley to make it 2-2.
74′ 2 – 3 Gylfi Sigurdsson
Team News & Lineups: Danial Sturridge will miss out after suffering another set-back with injury while Henderson is still not fully fit to feature for Liverpool. Lucas is suspended which means Klopp has to make couple of important changes in midfield and attack. Joe Allen is set to start in midfield alongside Emre Can while Milner, Lallana and Coutinho to play in attacking roles behind Firmino or Benteke. First choice centre backs Sakho and Skrtel will miss the tie which means Lovren and Kolo Toure to start the game.
Gary Monk on the other hand will have to make some tactical changes against Liverpool in attack. Bafetimbi Gomis has been struggling for goals and has not scored since August which means Monk might go with Eder while Routledge, Cork and Ayew playing in attacking roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup.
Predictions: Klopp’s Liverpool are looking like a well oiled machinery at the moment with midfield and forward line linking up very well with superb high intensity passing game. Swansea City are a decent team but their form has been abysmal with 1 win in last 6 games. I am going with another comfortable win for Liverpool in this one with Coutinho and Firmino to score.