After winning both of their games last week, Liverpool look to make it three in eight days when they host Garry Monk's Swansea City at Anfield on Sunday. This season, Liverpool have not done well at home, having most recently lost their last home league game to Crystal Palace before the international break. But they beat Bordeaux in front of the Anfield faithful to score a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, so there's hope that the team have begun the process of turning their home record around.
Adding European football to an already packed schedule is punishing for any team, and there's the lingering fear that the hangover may affect Liverpool's performance. However, unlike before the Crystal Palace match when Liverpool had to travel to Russia and back, they've played their last two games in Liverpool and Manchester, which should help to cut down on the fatigue. Key players Martin Škrtel and Philippe Coutinho were also rested during the game against Bordeaux and should be available to take on the Swans.
While the Reds are on the ascendancy, Swansea City have fallen into a rut. They have only two wins in their last ten league games and, after a bright start to the season, have slipped all the way down to 14th place in the table. While they're lucky enough to have a fully fit squad, unlike Liverpool, they will be missing playmaker and human hurricane Jonjo Shelvey on Sunday. The former Liverpool man will be serving his one game suspension and will therefore miss out on what is always an eventful reunion.
Clyne/ Škrtel/ Lovren/ Moreno
Milner/ Firmino/ Coutinho
After an excellent performance against Bordeaux on Thursday, expect Benteke to resume his position up top for Liverpool. Martin Škrtel, who missed out during the week due to a virus, should be back in the line up, replacing Kolo Toure. Coutinho is less of a safe bet, and we may see him starting on the bench and Adam Lallana taking his place. There's an outside chance that both Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge may make the bench, but whether or not that really happens remains to be seen. Lucas Leiva will be serving his one game ban after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester City. One can only assume it took until week 13 because Rodgers had frozen him out for a chunk of the beginning of the season. In his place will be Joe Allen, who got 65' of playing time in against Bordeaux before being subbed off for fellow likely-starter Emre Can.
Danny Ings and Joe Gomez remain out for the season with ACL injuries. Mamadou Sakho has said he believes there's 4-6 weeks left for his recovery. Jon Flanagan's return date continues to move closer, and is now listed as only three (!!!) weeks away. Seeing him on the bench on Boxing Day would truly be a Christmas miracle. Danny Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, and Jordan Henderson may yet be unable to participate, depending on their late fitness tests. Also Jose Enrique, who had been training with the first team last week, looks to be unavailable for selection for the next week thanks to a hamstring strain. So -- if that's a thing you were curious about, there you go.
Kickoff is set for 4:15PM GMT/11:15AM EST Sunday. Television coverage will be on NBC Sports Network and Telemundo (en espanol) for the US. Elsewhere, Fox Sports 4 Australia in Australia, TSN5, TSN4 & TSN3 in Canada, Star Sports 4 Asia in India, SuperSport 6 Africa in Kenya, Astro SuperSport in Malaysia, and 103 (hd) mio Stadium in Singapore are carrying the match. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV. It doesn't look like this one will be on television in the UK -- sorry, guys. Online streaming is also available with NBC Sports Extra in the US. For Online radio, fans worldwide can check out LFCTV GO and TalkSport Radio World.
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