Reds can keep up their Champions League push at the Liberty
Mostly because of the Brendan Rodgers connection, they always seem to be added spice when Swansea City play Liverpool nowadays.
Of course, there are other ties. Former Swans midfielder Joe Allen is a regular member of the Reds starting line-up when fit while Jonjo Shelvey went in the opposite direction. Shelvey does, in fact, have decent scoring record against his former club but found the wrong net when the teams last met at Anfield in December.
Liverpool have had much the best of recent encounters, having won four and drawn one of the last five, but there always seems to be goals when these sides are in opposition. There has been a total of 24 scored since the teams played out a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium in 2012 and there’ll be plenty of attacking talent on show again.
Swansea’s season may be slipping towards obscurity but they did beat Manchester United in Wales in their last home game.
South Korean midfielder Sung-Yeung Ki has been in good form with three in his last five but they’ve also lost to Liverpool in the Capital One Cup this season as well as that thumping at Anfield just after Christmas so Rodgers’ team may enjoy a bit of a psychological advantage.
However, apart from central defender Kyle Bartley, should have a fully-fit squad to choose from as striker Bafetimbi Gomis has reportedly made a full recover after collapsing shortly after the start of the Swans’ defeat at Spurs earlier this month.
Liverpool could welcome back captain Steven Gerrard at the Liberty Stadium. The former England skipper has missed seven games with a hamstring injury but trained normally last week with no ill-effects.
But this game will come too soon for Luis Enrique, though fellow defenders Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel should be fit as their team bid for a fifth straight win in the Premier League to boost their chances of a Champions League spot.
Liverpool were very subdued in their FA Cup quarter-final with Blackburn and the manager might shake things up for this crucial game. Expect a response and the Reds to take all three points back to Merseyside at 19/20. Over 3.5 goals in the Totals market is 9/4.
The match kicks off at 8.00pm on Monday, March 16 at the Liberty Stadium.