Liverpool v Swansea – Team News & Preview

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will miss out after being ruled out for the next fortnight with an ankle infection.

Jordan Henderson should keep his place, while defender Jamie Carragher’s calf injury will be assessed late on to see whether he is ready to return.

Dutch midfielder Kemy Agustien is available for Swansea after six weeks out with a hamstring problem.

But the match comes too soon for Stephen Dobbie, who is likely to return in two weeks after an ankle injury.

MATCH PREVIEW

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish makes a good point when looking ahead to this one: “It’s a game that we’re going to have to be very patient in. They [Swansea] pass the ball well, they move it well. We’ve rued the games against some promoted teams over the last few years.”

He’s certainly right there… Liverpool have now won just three of the last 10 at home against sides that have just come up from the Championship, dropping points as recently as a fortnight ago when Norwich secured a draw on Merseyside.

Swansea have looked solid so far on their return to the top table. But there’s no denying that Swansea’s away record doesn’t look good, with just a single point accrued on the road. We ought to cut them some slack on that one, though, because those away days have already included trips to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. This will be my first chance to see Brendan Rodgers’ team in the flesh this season and I must say it’s something I’m looking forward to, having heard so many positive comments about them and the way they play.

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