It’s still hard to tell whether Brendan Rodgers will be a success at Anfield. The northern Irishman arrived at Liverpool FC last summer and has attempted to apply his football philosophy to the Merseyside club. There have been a series of impressive performances and lacklustre displays over the last few months.
Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League defeat away to Zenit St Petersburg means that the Reds are unlikely to be winning any silverware this season, while a top four finish in the Premier League looks a remote prospect after the team lost 2-0 at home to West Brom on Monday. However, they can return to seventh place with a win in this game.
Coral go 4/7 about Liverpool beating Swansea at the third attempt this campaign, with the Welsh club having won at Anfield in the Capital One Cup before the teams played out a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium a few months ago.
Rodgers fielded a strong team in Russia and saw the side create plenty of chances, with Luis Suarez unusually profligate in front of goal, although the Uruguayan might be accompanied by Daniel Sturridge for this encounter and the latter should be nice and fresh. The England man can be backed at 9/2 (BetVictor) to score the first goal of the game.
Even so, Liverpool have flattered to deceive on many an occasion this season and they have failed to win at Anfield more than they have registed a home victory. Michael Laudrup’s team are one point better off than their opponents and the 5/1 (bet365) about a third Liverpool loss in the space of a week looks pretty attractive.
The Swans have demonstrated an ability to execute a perfect gameplan at Stamford Bridge and the Emirates Stadium this term, with City looking to warm up nicely ahead of their trip to Wembley where they will face Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final.
Laudrup will insist his players forget about the possibility of winning their first ever cup next week and play for their places instead. That man Michu was once again a star turn in the recent match against QPR and the Spaniard is an 8/1 chance to score the first goal.
We shouldn’t forget that the Swans players will be out to get the better of a manager who left the Liberty Stadium last summer to start a legacy at Liverpool and Rodgers might wonder what season he would have experienced had he decided against making the move.