Liverpool-Swansea City Preview
LONDON (SE) - Brendan Rodgers' return to The Liberty Stadium on Sunday has been overshadowed by media concentration on comments made by Swansea defender Ashley Williams about Liverpool striker Louis Suarez.
Williams accused Suarez of being a serial diver and having a dismissive attitude towards opposing players in his recently published book, My Premier League Diary.
Rodgers moved to Anfield last summer after two successful years as Swansea boss, during which he led the Swans to promotion to the Premier League. Despite the controversy surrounding the Williams book, the 39-year-old Ulsterman insists he was looking forward to the match against his former club.
"It's certainly a fixture I was looking forward to," Rodgers said during his pre-match press conference. "I'm really looking forward to going back and seeing many friends there, but ultimately looking to get the result. That's what we'll be there for. The Liberty Stadium is a difficult place to go, but we're going into it with a real strong mindset. We feel we're getting that momentum together and we're looking to continue with our run.
"We had a terrific result in our last league outing. We go into the game with big confidence. We know it will be difficult but we'll be looking to get a result."
Liverpool (3-6-3) are unbeaten in seven matches in the Premier League and currently 11th in the standings. They beat Wigan 3-0 at Anfield last Saturday, thanks to two goals from Suarez and a third from Jose Enrique.
Suarez has been in scintillating form for the Reds with 10 Premier League goals already to his credit this season. The Uruguay international has scored in four straight games, with eight goals and two assists in his last seven league games.
Swansea, who are 10th in the table at 4-4-4, have lost just one of their last six Premier League matches (2-3-1). They won 2-1 at Newcastle last weekend, with goals from Michu and Jonathan de Guzman.
Michael Laudrup, the Swansea manager, has played down speculation Suarez will have extra motivation because of the publicity given to the Williams book.
"It is not about one man," Laudrup said. "We all agree he is a player to watch because he has scored 70 or 80 percent of their goals. But it's only part of it; you have to look at the people who make the passes and stopping the service.
"He will get chances and he will create some things but the only thing we can do is watch him very carefully and try not to let him out of our sight. He is a clever player -you only have to see the equaliser at Chelsea to see that which was very smart. He is a goal-scorer who has the instinct about where the ball is going to go but we know about him."
Laudrup has no fresh injury concerns, with Ki Sung-Yueng available after hamstring trouble. Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom is expected to be fit despite being substituted with a knee problem during Thursday's 2-2 Europa League draw with Swiss club Young Boys.
Swansea knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup in October with a 3-1 win at Anfield. Chico, Nathan Dyer and de Guzman scored for the Swans while Suarez netted Liverpool's only goal.
The Swans took four points off Liverpool last season with a 1-0 home win on a goal by Danny Graham four minutes from time. The two sides played to a scoreless draw on Merseyside.