Anfield clash a Sunday swerve

  • By: Reece Killworth (Twitter: @reecekillworth)
  • Last Updated: February 17 2013, 14:03 GMT

With Daniel Sturridge set to return for out-of-sorts Liverpool, Reece Killworth can't bring himself to oppose the Reds.

Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool will welcome his return
Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool will welcome his return

Liverpool v Swansea (1500 GMT)

Liverpool took a huge amount from their 2-2 draw with defending champions Manchester City a fortnight ago, with most observers believing they had been unlucky to leave the Etihad Stadium with just a single point.

Since then, it's fair to say things have not gone to plan.

Despite having much the better of the Monday Night Football earlier this week, the Reds crashed to a hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat against West Brom with two goals inside the last nine minutes doing for them.

Just 72 hours later, they looked good for at least a draw as they reached the 69-minute mark of their Europa League clash 0-0 with Zenit St Petersburg only for two goals inside two minutes to condemn them to, yes, a 2-0 defeat.

When you add in the fact their draw at City came courtesy of the concession of a 78th-minute goal and Arsenal scored two after the hour mark to come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Rodgers' men, you can see the problem.

It's just a shame 4/7 is the best on the last goal being after after 76 minutes as - particularly on the back of a tough European trip - I'd fancy a late goal.

I certainly won't be rushing out to back Liverpool at 8/13, even though prior to that West Brom game they'd won three on the bounce at Anfield to nil.

As my colleague Andy Schooler wrote before the game with West Brom, Daniel Sturridge's fitness could be crucial as they certainly haven't looked the same side with him up front alongside Luis Suarez.

Rodgers has declared him fit but at this stage we can't be sure whether he's 100 per cent and, if he isn't, whether he will start on the bench.

Swansea are hardly a rock-solid betting proposition themselves right now, even with quotes of around the 5/1 mark knocking around for their Anfield trip.

Yes, they beat rock-bottom Queens Park Rangers 4-1 last week but prior to that they'd lost 1-0 at West Ham on the back of successive goalless draws with Chelsea (in the second Capital One Cup leg) and Sunderland.

They haven't won on the road in the league since December and have only scored two away league goals (both at Fulham) since mid-November.

The 14/1 on 'no goalscorer' makes some appeal given the way Swansea set themselves up away from home - there have only been two goals in their last four away games plus two 0-0 draws - and as the reverse fixture finished goalless.

But with Sturridge set to play I'm not convinced by this and will opt to swerve on this occasion.

Verdict: Liverpool 0 Swansea 0

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