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Swansea vs Liverpool fc live 16 September 2013

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has the luxury of being able to pick from virtually a fully-fit squad.

Former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey is available again after pulling out of England under-21 duty, leaving Neil Taylor as the only definite absentee.

Liverpool’s in-form striker Daniel Sturridge should be fit to start despite missing England’s matches with a thigh problem.

New signings Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses are in the squad.

MATCH PREVIEW

So it is one of the teams of last season against arguably the team of what we’ve seen so far of this season.

Certainly Brendan Rodgers’ side have hogged the first two monthly Premier League awards after their 1-0 (Daniel Sturridge), 1-0 (Sturridge), 1-0 (Sturridge) opening to the new league campaign and if they win again, or indeed draw, at the Liberty Stadium they will return to the top of the table.

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

“Swansea won away from home at West Brom last time out to take some pressure off after a difficult start.

“Daniel Sturridge will probably be fit after missing the games for England but he is right to worry about playing for his club first.”

A victory would make it Liverpool’s best start to a season since they were last the defending champions when they won their first eight league games of 1990-91.

Back in 2013, after Luis Suarez dominated the Liverpool summer agenda, it’s all gone rather out-of-sight-out-of-mind as far as the Uruguayan is concerned and he now has only two more matches of his suspension to serve.

Instead, Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and the continuing-to-improve Jordan Henderson have caught the eye. And in South Wales we may get to see Rodgers’ latest acquisitions: defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori, and Victor Moses, who could prove to be a shrewd loan signing from Chelsea.

Swansea made just one further signing since they last played and registered their first win and points of the new Premier League season at West Brom two weekend’s ago. It was yet another Spaniard, swelling their ranks to eight in the Swansea squad, in the shape of the Getafe forward Alvaro Vazquez.

But Michael Laudrup’s summer business appears to have been done with a nod to their Europa League commitments, and on Thursday they play what is already the fifth match of their European campaign when that octet will return to their homeland for the group match against Valencia.

The win at The Hawthorns was not only most welcome for Swansea but necessary, with Liverpool and Arsenal the next two Premier League visitors to The Liberty.

They looked more like their true selves that Sunday afternoon in the West Midlands. And remember that not only Liverpool, but also Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs were held to draws at Swansea’s atmospheric home ground last season.

You can listen the match on 5 live Sport from 7pm when John Hartson will also be part of the commentary team on 693/909 AM, DAB digital radio and on-line.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Prior to thrashing the Swans 5-0 in February, Liverpool had failed to even score against the Swans in their previous three Premier League matches – two 0-0 draws and a 1-0 defeat.
  • The last time Swansea lost to Liverpool before that was an 8-0 away defeat in an FA Cup third-round replay in January 1990. This remains Swansea’s joint-highest defeat.
  • This is the 33rd meeting between the sides. Liverpool have won 16 times, Swansea nine and there have been seven draws.

Swansea

  • By beating West Brom in their last match, Swansea avoided setting a new club record of five top-flight defeats in a row.
  • After three matches this season, Chico had made 33 clearances, a joint high with West Ham’s Winston Reid.
  • They have won none and lost four of their last six Premier League home games.

Liverpool

  • Never before has a top-flight team started with three 1-0 wins courtesy of the same goalscorer (Daniel Sturridge) like Liverpool have. The last time a top-flight team began with three 1-0 wins, regardless of the scorer, was Huddersfield in 1920.
  • It is the first season since 1994-95 when Roy Evans was in charge that Liverpool have started the season with three consecutive wins, they have never achieved four in the Premier League.
  • Daniel Sturridge is the first player since Robbie Fowler in that 1994-95 season to score in Liverpool’s opening three league games.
  • Liverpool attempted just two crosses from open play against Manchester United, the fewest ever in a Premier League game since Opta have collected this particular type of data (2003-04).
  • Liverpool are one victory away from sealing their 400th win in the Premier League.
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