Currently sitting rock bottom in the Premier League it is highly doubtful that the ailing Swansea City will be relishing the prospect of a visit to Anfield. Coming off the back of a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal, morale amongst the Swansea squad will likely be minimal at best, a situation only exasperated by their current position in the league and recent change of management. Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool are flying high in the league, currently joint second with Tottenham Hotspur, the Reds will be going into their first home Premier League match of 2017 with the hopes of a win. But how have recent games against the Welsh opposition panned out for the Reds?
Swansea City 1 – 2 Liverpool – 1st October 2016 at Liberty Stadium
In the first matchup between Liverpool and Swansea this season, the Liberty Stadium was the backdrop for a dramatic victory for the visitors. Leroy Fer gave Swansea the lead inside 10 minutes, taking advantage of Liverpool new-boy, Loris Karius’ nervy start to life in English football, tapping the ball home after the German keeper failed to claim a Swansea corner. However, despite the hosts good start, Liverpool managed to turn it around in the second half with Roberto Firmino levelling the scoring before the hour mark. Going into the final 10 minutes it was starting to look as if Francesco Guidolin’s Swans were going to hold out for a point, but as the game progressed into its closing stages the Swansea defence brought down Firmino in the box, giving away a penalty. James Milner converted comfortably from the spot to hand the Reds a hard fought 2-1 win in Wales.
Swansea City 3 – 1 Liverpool – 1st May 2016 at Liberty Stadium
As the 2015/16 Premier League campaign came to towards its final few games Liverpool faced a trip to Wales to face Swansea. Already out of contention for European qualification, let alone the top 4, Klopp fielded a weakened Liverpool side ahead of their trip to Basel for the Europa League final against Sevilla later that month. After the first half Swansea found themselves leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Andre Ayew and Jack Cork. Liverpool were able to pull one back in the second half as Jordon Ibe masterfully engineered an opportunity for Christian Benteke which the big Belgian put comfortably past Lukasz Fabianski and into the net. Though, as it turned out, a comeback was not on the cards for Liverpool on this day as Ayew doubled his tally for the day moments after Benteke’s goal, restoring the Swans two-goal lead, eventually helping his side to a 3-1 win over a second-string Liverpool side.
Liverpool 1 – 0 Swansea City – 29th November 2015 at Anfield
Jürgen Klopp picked up his first league win at Anfield as Liverpool managed to overcome Gary Monk’s Swansea 1-0. Coming off the back of a 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City, this match was a stark contrast to the Red’s last outing in the League. The only goal of the match came just after the hour mark after the hosts were awarded a penalty after Swans defender, Kyle Bartley, was penalised for handball. James Milner netted from the spot to claim his second Liverpool goal and hand Klopp’s men a 1-0 win on the day.
Swansea City 0 – 1 Liverpool – 16th March 2015 at Liberty Stadium
In a return to Liberty Stadium for Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool were fortunate to come away from the fixture with all three points. Belgian shot stopper, Simon Mignolet was in fine form on the night to keep our efforts from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis who were unfortunate not to make a breakthrough for Swansea in the first half. After the interval, Liverpool performed much better in the second period, although it would take an outlandish goal from vice-captain Jordan Henderson, as a clearance from Swansea man, Jordi Amat, ricocheted off the midfielder to give Rodgers’ side the victory. That win over Swansea saw Liverpool stretch their unbeaten run in the league to 13 games. As well as this, the Reds kept a sixth consecutive, away clean sheet, achieving that feat for the first time since 1972.
Liverpool 4 – 1 Swansea City – 29th December 2014 at Anfield
As Liverpool sat 8th in the Premier League table, it was imperative they ended their 2014 calendar year with a win after a disappointing first half to the 2014/15. Spanish full back, Alberto Moreno opened the scoring on the night, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead just after the half hour mark. Going into the second half it was £25 million man Adam Lallana who doubled Liverpool’s lead after Fabianski’s attempted clearance bounced off him and looped onto the Swansea net. However, the Swans were quick to strike back as Sigurdsson showed a great amount of composure to pull one back for his side just moments after the host’s second. Though in spite of Swansea’s quick response, the Reds weren’t fazed and Lallana responded with an emphatic goal of his own, beating two defenders and finishing low to restore Liverpool’s two-goal lead. Former-Red, Jonjo Shelvey saw Liverpool net a fourth on the night as he turned a Jordan Henderson header into his own net, seeing his former side end the match as 4-1 victors.
Liverpool 4 – 3 Swansea City – 23rd February 2014 at Anfield
As Liverpool began their charge for the title, coming off the back of some impressive performances against Fulham and Arsenal, Swansea came to Anfield and played out a high scoring affair that almost saw Brendan Rodgers’ former side come away from Merseyside with a hard fought point. The match opened as routinely as any other had in the 2013/14 campaign for the Reds with Sturridge breaking the deadlock just minutes after kick off. Henderson made it 2-0 on the 20 minute mark, bending in an emphatic effort to set Liverpool on their way to what was looking to be a straightforward win. But Swansea fought back and former-Liverpool man, Jonjo Shelvey scored a sweetly struck shot from 20 yards to bring Swansea back into the match, a goal that was met with a standing ovation from the Liverpool and Swansea fans alike. Less than 10 minutes after going 2-0 down, Swansea had already pulled themselves level with the hosts once again as a Wilfred Bony shot deflected off Martin Skrtel and into the net, making it 2-2 after 30 minutes. The scores weren’t level for long however, as Sturridge netted his second of the day, rising to meet a well-guided Luis Suarez cross and head home to make it 3-2 to Liverpool at the interval. Going into the second half, Gary Monk’s resilient Swansea made it clear they weren’t going to make it easy for the hosts. Bony equalised from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box by Skrtel. Although Liverpool refused to settle for just a point after what had already been an exciting contest, with little over 15 minutes remaining, Henderson grabbed his second of the day and Liverpool’s fourth, stabbing home from close range to seal a hard-earned 4-3 win.