Liverpool meet Swansea in a basic Boxing Day battle, with the league’s lowest scorers travelling to face one of the feared attacking groups within the Premier League.
After Paul Clement’s sacking final week, managerless Swansea enter the sport all-time low of the desk, with solely three wins all season.
Against this, Liverpool have had a stable yr to date, with good kind in opposition to the smaller groups within the division, and holding sturdy momentum within the battle for the highest 4.
Final season’s fixture at Anfield was a thriller, with Liverpool coming from two targets down to attract degree, just for Gylfi Sigurdsson to web a winner 15 minutes from time and provides Paul Clement his first victory as supervisor.
Fernando Llorente, now at Tottenham, scored twice in fast succession after half time to present the Swans an unbelievable lead, earlier than Roberto Firmino introduced Liverpool again into the sport with two well-taken finishes.
It appeared as if Swansea would maintain on for a worthwhile level, earlier than the Icelandic playmaker slid house late on to take the south Wales membership off the foot of the desk and provides them their first ever league victory at Anfield.
Martin Olsson may have one in all his hardest assessments this season attempting to comprise Mohamed Salah on Swansea’s left facet. The Egyptian has 15 targets already this season, degree with Harry Kane because the league’s prime scorer, and will likely be trying ahead to taking up a Swansea defence which has struggled in opposition to pacy groups to date this time period.
Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew will undoubtedly trigger issues for the Liverpool defence, with the required trickery to match up in opposition to Lovren and Klavan’s physicality on the coronary heart of the again 4.
Jordan Henderson is out, having suffered a hamstring damage within the Three-Three draw with Arsenal, and should miss the remainder of the festive interval.In any other case, Jurgen Klopp has a full squad accessible to him, with Cameroonian Joel Matip again in rivalry after a month out with a thigh damage, and the “Fab 4” sure to proceed up entrance and proceed their wealthy vein of kind.
Leon Britton’s spell in caretaker cost continues on Merseyside, with the player-coach unable to name on the providers of Kyle Naughton, who injured his groin in opposition to Crystal Palace on the weekend.
Leroy Fer will likely be monitored earlier than the sport, together with his again drawback nonetheless a problem and probably holding him out of Tuesday’s match.
Potential Liverpool Lineup: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Can; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Potential Swansea Lineup: Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson; Carroll, Mesa, Clucas; Ayew, Abraham, Dyer.
Regardless of Liverpool’s run of attracts, they’ve been taking part in scintillating soccer, and have change into extra resolute in defence, regardless of failing to see a considerable enhance in factors.
With house benefit, the Reds ought to have far an excessive amount of for the Swans and may consolidate their place within the prime 4 forward of the New 12 months. Swansea’s struggles are set to proceed, with one other defeat anticipated.
Prediction: Liverpool Three-1 Swansea