Match centre: Swansea vs Liverpool (away)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26, 2017: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool travel to the Liberty Stadium on Monday night to face , who lie at the bottom of the Premier League with 17 points.

’s side will be full of confidence after their blistering attacking display against league leaders last weekend.

The Reds became the first side to inflict a league defeat on Pep Guardiola’s men, however the German will be concerned with the way his side conceded two late goals.

The Anfield outfit are now third, ahead of on goal difference and will look to improve on their brilliant goals tally after a 5-0 win in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day (watch the highlights below).

What is the team news?

Liverpool record signing is a doubt after suffering a hamstring injury, but is expected to make his return having missed the game against Manchester City.

Top scorer and defenders and Ragnar Klavan are all expected to recover from illness.

Captain (hamstring) and (ankle) are back in training but are not likely to be ready until next weekend’s FA Cup tie at home to West Brom.

Swansea are waiting to assess striker Tammy Abraham as he has missed the last four games with a hip injury, but the return of Wilfried Bony from a hamstring problem has bolstered the strikeforce.

Mike van der Hoorn (muscle injury), Renato Sanches (hamstring) and Angel Rangel (calf) should all be available.

Match facts

Although Swansea have conceded 27 goals in 13 Premier League games (W3 D3 L7) against the Reds, just six of those have come at Liberty Stadium.

14 of Liverpool’s last 15 Premier League goals in this fixture have been scored in the second half (93%).

Since Swansea and Liverpool last met in the Premier League at Liberty Stadium in October 2016 – Francesco Guidolin’s last match in charge – the Swans have had five different managers take charge of a Premier League game (Bradley, Curtis, Clement, Britton and Carvalhal), spanning 54 games; by contrast, Liverpool have had five different managers span 517 Premier League games.

Liverpool, who won 5-0 in the reverse fixture, haven’t won both league matches in a season by such a margin or greater against an opponent since 2001-02 against Ipswich Town (6-0 away, 5-0 at home).

This will be Liverpool’s first away league visit to a side starting that day bottom of the Premier League since February 2016, when they won 6-0 at .

Swansea have lost each of their last three Premier League games played on a Monday, conceding at least three goals each time.

The Reds have scored at least twice in each of their last six Premier League away games – just one short of their record in the competition of seven between February and May 2014.

The Swans have scored fewer home goals than any other Premier League side this season (6), while Liverpool have scored the most away from home (29).

has scored five goals in his last three Premier League games against Swansea, including braces in each of the last two.

Mo Salah has scored 18 goals from 44 shots on target in the Premier League this season – Swansea, by contrast, have scored just 14 goals as a team from 52 shots on target.

If Liverpool beat Swansea tonight, it’ll be 19 games without defeat for Jurgen Klopp’s side: the club’s longest unbeaten run for over 21 years.

Liverpool 5-0 Swansea

Full MOTD highlights of Liverpool’s convincing win over Swansea on Boxing Day. Phil Coutinho, Roberto Firmino (x2), Alexander-Arnold and Oxlade-Chamberlain all scored for the Reds.

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Match centre: Swansea vs Liverpool (away)

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