Liverpool travel to Wales to take on Francesco Guidolin's Swansea City in an early Sunday Premier League match up (set your alarms and coffee machines now, West coasters).
After a generally excellent first three weeks in April that began with Liverpool holding Spurs to a draw at Anfield and ended with the Reds thoroughly dominating their Blue neighbors 4-0 -- along with advancement to the Europa League semi-finals in between -- the month petered out in the disappointing way that many Liverpool fans should be used to by now. First they gave up a two goal lead to draw with relegation fodder Newcastle, then they allowed Villarreal to score a last-gasp winner in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals. But that terrible week is over, and that month is over, and now Liverpool have the chance to regroup and end the season well.
After a strong start to their league campaign, Swansea City have dropped like a stone, falling to fifteenth in the league with only 40 points. With the bottom-dwellers so much farther behind, they've surely done enough to avoid relegation, but they're also a few wins and some luck away from ending the season at a more respectable tenth or eleventh place. Both teams are playing for pride at this point in the season, but games can get interesting when there's nothing left to lose. As for squad fitness, Swansea may be without both Leroy Fer and Alberto Paloschi due to hamstring injuries.
In the reverse fixture back in November, it took a James Milner penalty for the Reds to nick a victory. This match should see Klopp overhaul his starting line up from the one who lost in Spain mid-week. Expect to see many fringe players, including Sheyi Ojo, Kevin Stewart, and Jordon Ibe get another opportunity to shine. The league is a lost cause for Liverpool at this point, and Thursday's return fixture against Villarreal is their last chance to have something to play for in May.
Randall, Skrtel, Ilori, Smith
Ojo, Lallana, Ibe
With the suspension of Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool are incredibly light on center-backs at the moment. Klopp played Lovren and Toure against Villarreal and will likely do so again next Thursday. They'll be given a break for Skrtel and one other. Perhaps it will be Lucas, the makeshift center-back, but this may also be another chance for the young Tiago Ilori or even Steven Caulker.
Along with Sakho, Liverpool will be missing Jordan Henderson, Divock Origi, and Emre Can. Philippe Coutinho may be still recovering from the injury that had him taken out in the second half of the Villarreal game. Danny Ings, Jordan Rossiter, and Joe Gomez remain out.
Kickoff is set for 12:00PM BST / 7:00AM EST Sunday. Television coverage will be on BT Sport 1 in the UK and NBC Sports Network for the US. Elsewhere, Fox Sports 4 Australia in Australia, TSN2 in Canada, SuperSport 3 Africa in Kenya, and Astro SuperSport in Malaysia are carrying the match. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV. For Online radio, fans worldwide can check out LFCTV GO.
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