Liverpool vs Swansea City
Premier League, Anfield
Sunday 17 February 2013

Team News

New signings Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge will return to the Liverpool line-up after being cup-tied for the 2-0 loss to Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League on Thursday.

Aside from long-term absentee Martin Kelly (knee), manager Brendan Rodgers has a fully-fit squad to take on the Welsh side.

As for Michael Laudrup, he will be missing defender Chico Flores, after he picked up an ankle injury in Swansea’s 4-1 win over Queen’s Park Rangers last weekend.

Minus Chico Flores, the Swans are at full strength ahead of the mid-table clash.

Bartley believes Swansea are raring to go ahead of Liverpool and Bradford City encounters

With just over a week until their dream Capital One Cup final at Wembley against Bradford City, Swansea must first turn their attention towards Sunday's trip to Anfield.

The Swans have spent time in Dubai after their jam-packed schedule over the last couple of months.

And former Arsenal centre-back Kyle Bartley believes that the squad is fully refreshed ahead of the upcoming games.

Bartley told the club's official website: "It's great to spend some time with each other, train and relax after a hectic couple of weeks.

"It’s good for team bonding. There are a lot of new lads that have come in and we can get to know each other more."

Swansea have already beaten Liverpool on their own patch this season, after a 3-1 demolition in the League Cup fourth round, whilst their other Premier League fixture ended in a 0-0 draw.

"We got to Liverpool next and we can take confidence from the previous win there," said Bartley.

"Liverpool is another massive match as is every game in the Premier League.

"They're all important and we don't feel safe yet, we need to keep going and progress."

The Welsh club are currently in 7th, just one point above 9th placed Liverpool, and harbour ambitions of qualifying for the Europa League.

After just one defeat in their last nine games, the Swans can go into the game in high spirits, especially with top scorer Michu back on the goal trail.

The Spaniard grabbed a brace in the 4-1 victory over QPR last time out, taking his tally up to 16 in all competitions for the season.


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