Swansea City vs Liverpool: Key Battles
Liverpool are a team on fire currently with an unbeaten run in the league stretching to four games, with victories in the last three games on the trot. They will be travelling to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea, who are in a bit of a rut with calls for dismissal of the manager quietly growing. Swansea are still trying to come to terms in identifying their best XI and ideally would have preferred facing any other team over the weekend.
Liverpool though cannot afford to be complacent and it is imperative that they keep their run going. These are the sort of games Liverpool need to dominate and take away the right result to ensure that their bright start continues.
Here are some of the key battles that could come to fore over the weekend:
JAMES MILNER VS MODOU BARROW
James Milner has started very well in his new position of left-back, slowly but surely growing into the role. But he faces a tough challenge in the form of Barrow, assuming he starts. Barrow has pace, power and has the ability to execute the role of a pure winger or could cut in from the right. The numbers also show that Milner gets dribbled past far too often for a defensive position. With Llorente scoring last weekend it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Barrow would look to get to the byline and deliver crosses.
GYLFI SIGURDSSON VS CLYNE/MATIP
Sigurdsson has been one of the very few shining lights for Swansea in their tepid start to the season. He has played a couple of positions as Guidolin has tinkered with his formation game to game. This could mean that Sigurdsson could line up as part of the midfield three or he could play on the left of the front three. Guidolin could start with a 4-1-4-1 formation as he did vs City, which means Clyne has a tough challenge to come up with the shining light from Swansea. Clyne needs to be as good he was against Hazard.
JORDAN HENDERSON/WIJNALDUM VS LEROY FER
Leroy Fer has been the biggest goal scoring threat for Swansea, he has been on fire after signing permanently over the summer. Thus the Liverpool deeper midfield have a task on their hand to track his movement off the ball. The battle between Wijnaldum and Fer could decide whether Liverpool end up on the right side of the result.
ROBERTO FIRMINO VS AMAT/VAN DER HOORN
Since its an away game, it might be Firmino leading the line again against a not so well oiled centre-back pairing. Amat has got his shot at first team duties post the departure of Ashley Williams to Everton while Hoorn has been signed from Ajax. Hoorn has been in and out of the side as Federico Fernandez has been used in few of the games. Firmino could make up for not scoring against Hull in the goal splurge last weekend. Swansea are a team who prefer passing the ball out which opens up pressing chances for Firmino and the other members of the attacking line up from Liverpool.