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Liverpool predicted line-up vs Swansea City

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Liverpool look to keep tracks with Manchester United and Arsenal with a win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this evening. 

The Reds are still in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, however trail Manchester United by five points going into the game following their 3-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

Brendan Rodgers' men have been the form team in the top flight since the turn of the New Year and are yet to taste defeat and took 29 points all together.

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The Liverpool boss recently stated that his side need another 23 points to secure a Champions League place and with tough fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, the Northern Irishman will be looking for victory against his former team.

Swansea have over-achieved this season with Gary Monk doing a great job in South Wales. They sit ninth in the table with 40 points and a win against Liverpool would see the Swans leapfrog Stoke City into eighth.

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The two side's met in December this year and it was the Reds who romped to a 4-1 victory at Anfield thanks to an Adam Lallana double.

Midfield Dilemma

Captain Steven Gerrard returns to the squad after being side-lined for the past few months and he gives Rodgers options back in the centre-of-midfield.

However, the Liverpool boss has to seriously wonder whether his side will benefit from Gerrard's return and if that is the case, where will his best position be?

Jordan Henderson has occupied the centre of the park with authority in the 35-year-old's absence and has come into his own.

The Wearside native has become a leader and his goals against Manchester City and Burnley where both incredible strikers.

Joe Allen has partnered Henderson for the most part and Rodgers will likely recall the Welshman who also returns from the sickroom.

Allen was the subject of plenty of criticism in the early stages of his Anfield career however his performances against the Citizens was by far his best to date and gave Yaya Toure little room to work the ball.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has been top-class since moving back to Swansea from Tottenham and will be looking to pull the strings for the south Wales club. Both Henderson and Allen will attempt to keep the Icelandic as quiet as possible and if that is achieved, it will give the Reds an excellent chance of victory.

Rodgers has stated that he will not pick Gerrard through sentiment and the vibe given is that the Huyton-native will not be selected.

Gerrard leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season and is firmly out of Rodgers' plans now it seems.

Sturridge To Fire Again

Daniel Sturridge missed five months of the season through injury and after looking short of match fitness when he first returned, he is beginning to look his former self.

The 25-year-old was sharp in Liverpool's last game against Burnley and could have bagged a hat-trick. He scored just once in the 2-0 win but performed superbly, causing plenty of problems for the Lancashire side's back-four.

If the Reds are to finish in the top-four, there could be a great chance it comes down to goal difference. They will be looking to score as many goals as possible and will be relying on Sturridge.

Coutinho To Benefit From Break

Philippe Coutinho has been inspirational in recent months and been Liverpool's greatest performer.

His ability to glide past defenders and pick an inch-perfect pass has been arguably the best in the Premier League since the turn of the New Year and has menaced defenders throughout.

The Brazilian has also had his shooting boots on and caused nightmares for goalkeepers. His strikers against Southampton and Manchester City were both unstoppable and proves the ex-Inter Milan playmaker has raised his game to another notch.

Coutinho usually benefits when having a decent spell off and with Liverpool not having played for over a week, he should be at his very best.

Coutinho has also developed a strong relationship with Lallana who will start behind Sturridge.

Lallana netted twice in this game at Anfield in December and will be looking to do similar once again. The England international's first touch is unplayable at times and his quick thinking will look to start rapid attacks that may catch Swansea out.

Sterling Out Wide

Raheem Sterling occupied the number nine role in the absence of Sturridge however has moved back out wide since the former Chelsea man's return.

It is a role that Sterling appreciates much more as he can use his pace to drive at defenders from deeper positions.

Wing-back is a position that the 20-year-old has played in before and excelled in.

Alberto Moreno has made the position of left wing-back his own and will look to penetrate the Swans' defence in any given opportunity. As well as attacking, the Spaniard also defends smartly and is as strong as an ox when helped out at the back. 

Skrtel To Return

Martin Skrtel was forced off early in Liverpool's disappointing 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers.

He took a nasty bang to the head off the ground after challenging for a header however looks set to return.

Skrtel has been top-class at the heart of the defence this term and become a leader of the pack. He's fulfilling the potential every Kopite knew he had and has developed confidence around himself and his team-mates.

Emre Can has been magnificent playing at the back for the Reds on the right-hand side of three centre-backs and should shift back following a performance of mixed reviews in midfield against Blackburn.

Mamadou Sakho is also fully-fit for the game and will regain his place from Dejan Lovren in defence.

Simon Mignolet has also found top-form after a poor start to the season and will look to put in a decent shift.

Starting XI

Mignolet; Can, Skrtel, Sakho; Sterling, Henderson, Allen, Moreno; Coutinho, Lallana; Sturridge

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