Swansea v Liverpool: Match Preview

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Swansea v Liverpool; Premier League; Liberty Stadium; Sunday 13 May 2012, 15:00 KO

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Brendan Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns in his Swansea squad for Sunday's final day clash against Liverpool.

Midfielder Leon Britton is expected to return after shaking off a knee problem, while long-term absentees Kemy Agustien and Ferrie Bodde remain sidelined.

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard - who missed the midweek win over Chelsea with a minor back problem - may again miss out, so as not to risk him ahead of Euro 2012.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish could hand a start to Maxi Rodriguez, in what could prove to be his last ever game for the Anfield club.

Shelvey looking to kick on


Jonjo Shelvey has started six of Liverpool's last seven Premier League games, and after claiming his first top-flight goal with a well-taken long-range effort in the 4-1 victory over Chelsea in midweek, is pushing for inclusion against Swansea on Sunday.

The 20-year-old midfielder is enjoying an impressive run in Kenny Dalglish's first-team, and is hoping he can take his promising end-of-season form into the next campaign when it all kicks off again in August.

"It's been great to play more regularly in recent weeks and hopefully I've shown people what I can do," Shelvey told Liverpool's official website.

"The fact that the gaffer has given me more chances towards the end of the season gives me a lot of confidence going into the summer.

"I need to go away, keep myself in shape and then come back for pre-season and really kick on next season. I want to hold down a first team place. That's the challenge facing me next season."

Shelvey's first-team chances were limited in the early part of 2011-12, and so he was sent on loan to Bloomfield Road to gain some regular action in the Championship with Blackpool.

The England U21 international netted six goals in ten appearances for the Tangerine Army, and following a season-ending injury to Reds midfielder Lucas Leiva, Shelvey was recalled into Liverpool action.

"That time away from Liverpool really helped me come on as a player," he added. "I benefited a lot from the games I got at Blackpool.

"It was good for me and I came back better for the experience. Playing week in, week out gave me that match fitness.

"It was a great club to play for and I hope they get promoted. It would be good to see them go up and get back into the Premier League.

"But the time there also made me realise just how much I want to be playing in Liverpool's first team. It's been a stop-start season for me but it's a great honour to play here."


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