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Liverpool v Swansea City: Match preview

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Liverpool v Swansea City
Barclays Premier League
Anfield
Saturday, November 5. Kick-off: 1500

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is sidelined for at least two weeks with an ankle infection.

Jordan Henderson is expected to keep his place in the starting line-up, while Jamie Carragher will have a late test on a calf injury before he is declared fit.

For Swansea, Dutch midfielder Kemy Agustien is available for selection after missing six weeks of the season with a hamstring problem.

Stephen Dobbie, though, is still missing for Brendan Rodgers with an ankle injury.


 

Friends reunited at Anfield



 

Liverpool No.2 Steve Clarke is looking forward to coming up against friend and former colleague Brendan Rodgers at Anfield on Saturday.

The pair worked together under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, with Clarke having recommended Rodgers for position having been impressed with his work at Reading.

Clarke still remains in regular contact with the Swansea manager, and has an opportunity to meet Rodgers for the first time in the Barclays Premier League.

Swansea travel to Merseyside with 12 points from their 10 league outings so far, having been promoted via the playoffs at Wembley in May.

And Clarke has been impressed by what he has seen from the Swans in the top-flight.

"They trust the way they play," he said. "They played that way last season and got great rewards for it in the Championship, so there's no need for them to change their style and philosophy," he said.

"I saw a bit of them last season and they played a lot of good football in the Championship.

"They deserved to come up, in my opinion. They've come in and acquitted themselves very well, especially with their home form.

"I know Brendan well, and he's had the same philosophy since I've known him right from the start. He's always taken that through.

"I think it is a style that is conducive (to staying in the Premier League). If you look at the top teams, they all try and play football.

"I don't think you can pigeonhole clubs or teams - you have to allow them to play their way and if it's good enough they'll stay in the league."

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