Brendan Rodgers makes his return to Swansea today with his Liverpool side who can leapfrog the Swans if they win. The Reds have drawn six of their 12 games this season and Andy Gray fancies them to come out of this one with a point as well.
Swansea will be full of confidence having beaten Liverpool at Anfield in the League Cup this season and have lost just one of the last seven. Liverpool may have won just one out of five on the road in the Premier League but in Luis Suarez they have a constant goal-threat.
Despite being pretty dislikeable it is hard to deny Suarez’s incredible talent and his goals this season makes him the League’s best striker in our book up to this point. Whether his back is strong enough to carry Liverpool yet again we’ll wait and see.
3.24pm: There’s the final whistle and it finishes goal-less. Probably a fair result and an entertaining game none the less. Both managers will probably be relatively satisfied with a point.
3.20pm: Slight delay as a Swansea defender receives treatment. Meanwhile Pablo Hernandez has been awarded Man of the Match. Well done to you good sir.
3.18pm: Two minutes to go and Liverpool have a corner. It originally comes to nothing but then Shelvey drills one form 25 yards that Tremmel does really well to save and push away. That might be the last chance of the game.
3.17pm: Four minutes of added time. Both managers would probably take a draw right now.
3.15pm: Late pressure from Swansea here but either team could steal this. We’re in to the last minute before added time.
3.13pm: Great save! Pepe Reina is at full stretch to tip the set piece around the post. The corner is then wasted. 9/1 for Swansea to snatch a win here, it’s 5/1 for Liverpool.
3.13pm: And that tactical move could work instantly. Joe Allen bundles over Ki about 20 yards out and this is a great chance for the home side.
3.11pm: De Guzman is making his way off for the Dutchman Agustien as Swansea try and get Ki further up the pitch. Five minutes left for either team to snatch this one.
3.10pm: From the corner Liverpool break and it’s two against one as Suarez and Sterling fly forward. It has goalscoring chance written all over it but as the pair try to play a one-two, Sterling overhits his pass and Suarez is forced to wide. Swansea have time to get men back and the chance is gone.
3.08pm: Great defending from Enrique who tucks in from left back and takes it off Michu’s toes as the striker was about to pull the trigger.
3.06pm: The draw is odds-on now at 4/9. Can you see anybody getting a winner? 10 minutes to go on the clock.
3.04pm: Agger and Michu go up to contest a header and Michu goes down. There is a very surprising appeal for a penalty. Surprising in that everyone, players, the bench and the crowd were up in arms for what seemed a very fair leap. The referee is right in ignoring the hissy-fits around him.
3.03pm: Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Cole are coming on for Liverpool. The prolific duo of Henderson and Downing make way.
3.00pm: They say goal-keepers are crazy and I whole-heartedly agree. Downing dicks around with posession and the speedy Nathan Dyer takes it off Downing’s toe and heads for goal. Pepe Reina rushes out and spreads himself well to make the block taking a healthy boot to the face in the process. He seems groggy but back on his feet.
2.57pm: Yellow card! Chico goes into the book for pulling back Suarez. He can’t believe it.
2.53pm: Wayne Routledge is coming off for Nathan Dyer. Swansea are putting the pressure on the away side here with a few corners in succession.
2.50pm: Off the line! That’s the closest Swansea have come and it was a good header from Williams the centre-back. A great out-swinging corner was met with a thumping header as Liverpool’s zonal marking let them down. Luckily Joe Allen was on the post to keep out the Swans.
2.48pm: The tempo has certainly gone up a notch here and both teams opening up defensively. There’s half an hour to go and for the first time in the match you could almost feel a goal coming.
2.45pm: Swansea on the back foot now and Suarez drills a shot low and hard but Tremmel saves with his feet. It was a good hit from the man with five goals in his last six games. He’s 9/2 to find the net first today.
2.43pm: Both teams cancelling each other out at the Liberty. Under 1.5 goals is 4/9 and that tells its own story. Gerrard hits one form 20 yards but it is straight down Tremmel’s throat.
2.39pm: It was Pablo Hernandez who hits it but it sails well over Reina’s bar. No trouble for the Spanish keeper there.
2.38pm: Joe Allen brings down Hernandez and this is a dangerous position for a free-kick. There are four Swansea players lining it up and I make Hernandez favourite.
2.38pm: Skrtel has just headed the ball approximately 50 yards. It’s as if he was brought up heading bricks and now he thinks a ball to the head is some kind of treat.
2.33pm: A couple of minutes into the second half and Swansea have settled down better than they did in the opening 45. Plenty of movement off the ball but both teams are struggling to find the killer pass.
2.31pm: Players are on their way out for the second half and Swansea are making a change, Shechter is coming off for Ki Sung Yeung.
2.29pm: Here’s the odds in-running as well. Liverpool are now 5/4, Swansea are 3/1 and the draw is 8/5.
2.19pm: I’m off to get a butty during the break. While I’m gone I’d advise you stock up on snacks as well and enjoy yesterday’s Showboat from Soccer AM. It includes that Mexes beauty and some super-sweet skills.
2.16pm: Scramble on the edge of the Swansea box but the Welsh side survive. Half-time: Swansea 0-0 Liverpool. Liverpool have hit the bar and had a goal disallowed but Swansea have had chances as well. Both teams very frustrated at the break.
2.14pm: One minute of added time before the break.
2.10pm: Liverpool knock it around well in the final third until it falls for Stewart Downing. The ‘Middlesbrough legend’ then shins it straight to a Swansea player. Suarez has a moan, Gerrard shakes his head and Brendan Rodgers looks unimpressed…
2.07pm: Wow! Saying that Pablo has just flashed a shot from 20-odd yards narrowly over. Swansea very threatening going forward.
2.06pm: Liverpool on the ascendancy and Swansea will be keen to see this spell of pressure out until half-time.
2.04pm: Disallowed goal! Enrique sneaks in unseen at the back post and converts the cross from Luis Suarez. Credit to the lino though because the defender is half a yard offside and that is a great call.
2.02pm: Tremmel makes a hash of a low cross drilled in by Sterling but Suarez’s follow up is blocked. From the corner Sterling crashes a screaming volley against the bar. Closest we’ve come to a goal and it was a stunning effort.
2.00pm: Neither team wanting to go long this afternoon. Chico pulls out some very stylish defending with a few neat touches and is pleased with the results.
1.57pm: An entertaining game but both teams are defending very well. Suarez has a shot blocked and then Hernandez bends a shot just wide from the edge of the box. Reina was scrambling there.
1.52pm: Glen Johnson is having a stormer. This time he plays a one-two with Enrique and Tremmel does really well to come off his line and block the shot. He’s 22/1 to open the scoring and with the game he’s having I wouldn’t be surprised.
1.49pm: Half chances at either end and the pace of this game is rapid. It’s very much like a game of primary school football where we attack you and then you attack us. Still 0-0 with 20 minutes gone and it’s 10/11 for there to be a goal in this half.
1.45pm: Glen Johnson is at the heart of everything Liverpool do at the moment. He whips in a cracking ball down the corridor of uncertainty (about seven yards away from goal) and Enrique literally throws himself at it. The ball cannons off a combination of thigh and chest and goes wide.
1.42pm: Good save Pepe Reina. Liverpool’s keeper hasn’t had much game time recently but gets down well to save a Wayne Routledge drive.
1.40pm: Glen Johnson busts a gut to get on the overlap for Suarez and drills a cross into the box but it is well defended. From the corner Glen Johnson is the man that wins the header but it is well off target.
1.39pm: Back to the game and Sterling has a shot easily saved by Tremmel. The youngster didn’t get any power on the shot and luckily for Swansea fans there was no ‘Mignolet’ type error from their shot-stopper.
1.37pm: Talking of easy on the eye, and for no other reason other than a Sunday treat, here’s Mila Kunis. In an attempt to make it more relevant I’m saying she might be a Liverpool fan (maybe).
1.35pm: A decent pace to the game so far, both teams wanting to play it quick and early along the ground. Imagine playing pub football on a Sunday and then go the complete opposite and you have this game. The football on show is very easy on the eye.
1.32pm: Not a great reception for Joe Allen who gets a healthy chorus of boos from the home crowd. I always find Welsh fans have very tuneful voices, even when they are hurling abuse.
1.30pm: The game starts and for a Sunday afternoon early kick-off it has to be said the stadium is bouncing.
1.28pm: The players are out and Brendan Rodgers looks delighted to be back at his former club…
1.23pm: If anything, going off the recent trends, form and stats Swansea draw no bet at 13/8 looks like it could produce plenty of profit. We’re on the draw here in Power Tower at 5/2. Hopefully an entertaining draw at that.
1.20pm: Ten minutes till kick-off and here’s the betting. Liverpool are the 11/10 favourites to leave the Liberty Stadium with all three points with Swansea at 5/2. The draw is an appealing 23/10.
1.19pm: Brace yourselves for more chocolate related stats later.
1.13pm: STAT ATTACK: For the combined price Liverpool paid for Henderson and Downing you could enjoy more than 73,000 Freddo bars a day for the next ten years. Tasty.
1.09pm: Liverpool didn’t score in either fixture against Swansea last season and Brendan Rodgers clearly doesn’t want to score in this game either. That is the only reason I can fathom for starting Henderson and Downing.
1.08pm: Here’s the full team line ups for you…
Tremmel, Chico, Williams, Rangel, Davies, Britton, Michu, Pablo, Routledge, De Guzman, Shechter
Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Allen, Sterling, Suarez
1.00pm: Half an hour away from kick-off and, if Twitter is to be believed, there is some mind-blowing team news on the way!