Swansea City vs Liverpool – January 22nd, 2018 – The Liberty Stadium – 20:00 hrs – Premier League preview
Although Swansea City have been languishing at the bottom of the Premier league table for some time. Swansea's new Portuguese manager, Carlos Carvalhal, may have given Swan fans some reason to smile. Since taking over from Paul Clement in December, Carvahal has managed to muster up a 1-2 away win against Watford. Also a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at St James' Park. A match they should have won but for a clear penalty going against them.
The Swans have found goals hard to come by in the current season. Jordan Ayew being the top scorer with just four goals to his credit. Even the £12 million import from Manchester City, Wilfried Bony, who's been in and out of the side owing to inconsistent form, has only two goals to show from his tewlve outings.
Ayew, though, has shown much more enterprise since the advent of Carvalhal. His two goals in a short space of three latest outings being a testimony to that. Tammy Abraham, another top scorer for the Swans this season, having being left out in the Newcastle game, is expected to make a re-appearance for Monday night's Swansea City vs Liverpool tough clash at the Liberty Stadium.
…and goals are what Carlos Carvalhal's men will need against the visiting Reds who will be hell-bent on getting many of them.
Liverpool didn't even blink at Phillipe Coutinho's exit. Such has been the scoring form the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have shown of late.
The Swans would be anxious of Firminno who alone has notched up an incredible tally of five goals against them from his past encounters. There is not an iota of doubt that Jurgen Klopp's men would dominate possession. They will attack in waves at the Liberty Stadium. However in doing so there would always exist the possibility of them leaving their defenses vulnerable to counter-attacks. This was evinced when Man City put pressure on a suspect Liverpool back-line. They did this in the dying minutes at Anfield last Sunday and got two quick goals.
Ayew, Abraham and Bony could take a leaf out of City's book in their search for goals in the Swansea City vs Liverpool clash. Carvahal had adopted an attack-oriented 4-3-3 formation in the Watford win. However he resorted to a more conservative 4-4-2 one in the match against Newcastle. The manager also opted for a 4-2-3-1 against Tottenham, in which he lost 0-2. Opting for an attacking approach makes more sense. As just defending against a side like Liverpool would be futile.
Since the time of the Swans' re-entry into the Premier League after a gap of over two decades in 2012, these two have run into each other fifteen times.
Quite surprisingly, Swansea were able to register four wins during this time. Shockingly enough for Liverpool, two of them have come from their four outings since 2016.
The Swans notched up wins of 3-1 and 2-3 in both home and away games. So even though bookmakers' odds are heavily stacked in favor of the visiting Reds for the Monday showdown, Jurgen Klopp better watch out!.