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Premier League: Swansea City v Liverpool preview

Keeping in-form striker Daniel Sturridge at bay will be key for Swansea (©GettyImages)
Keeping in-form striker Daniel Sturridge at bay will be key for Swansea (©GettyImages).

On Monday, Liverpool will look to extend their winning start to the new football season as they make the trip south to Swansea.

Brendan Rodgers will be returning to his former club while Swansea's summer signing Jonjo Shelvey will also be facing his former team. Who will prevail?

Swansea have enjoyed success under the man who replaced Rodgers, Michael Laudrup, culminating in winning the Capital One Cup at Wembley, where they thrashed Bradford 5-0 in the final. However, one win from the first three games leaves the Welsh side 18th in the table heading into this game.

As for Liverpool, the arrival of Rodgers has transformed a team struggling to find it's way in the last few years. Now, though, the team is absolutely on the same page and their perfect start with three wins from three and a good transfer window means confidence is high on the red side of Merseyside.

Laudrup has the luxury of a near fully-fit squad heading into this game at the Liberty Stadium, with Wilfried Bony and Michu set to spearhead to attack. Keeping highly-rated defender Ashley Williams was one of the big successes of the summer and he will be the man responsible for keeping Liverpool's hot striker Daniel Sturridge quiet.

As for Liverpool, Sturridge should be fit after missing England's two World Cup qualifying games through injury while Luis Suarez will be serving the penultimate game of his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic last season, new loan signing Victor Moses could also make his Liverpool debut.

The battle for places in defence will be fierce thanks to new signings Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori though after a great display against Manchester United Martin Skrtel could also keep his place alongside Daniel Agger.

The last time these two teams met was at Anfield back in February with Liverpool romping to a 5-0 win however Laudrup rested many players in preparation for the following week's Capital One Cup final so for a better reflection you need to go back to the corresponding fixture at Swansea last November which ended in a 0-0 draw.

As for my prediction, I believe Liverpool should take another three points back to Anfield - the team is full of confidence and has plenty of options going forward which will cause a headache for Swansea's defence.

I also think Liverpool will break their 1-0 run of results. I'm going for a 3-1 win for the Reds.


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