Its Friday morning and it’s all about the Swans visit to Anfield from here until tomorrow evening! There’ll be a whole pile of match analysis, predictions, team news, expected line-up’s and everything else to wade through here over the next two days.
But first, we’re off to hear what Kenny had to say in the pre-match build up….
Kenny on Swansea
Liverpool last played Swansea in a 1980 FA Cup replay when the Reds trounced the Swans by a well convincing 8-0. This weekend, Liverpool will be looking to keep their seven game unbeaten run in all competitions going. Yesterday, Kenny spoke of his respect for both Swansea and manager Brendan Rodgers in the pre-match press conference…
“It’s a game that we’re going to have to be very patient in, They pass the ball well, they move it well. The supporters have to understand that sometimes there is a bit of disrespect for teams who have been promoted. Swansea might have spells of possession in the game, which we’ve got to accept.
We’ve got the utmost respect for them and their principles are similar to ours. Swansea are one of the promoted teams but they’re a decent side and they’ve got a good collection of points.”
Kenny on Gerrard’s Injury Latest…
Kenny also confirmed that Gerrard is making good progress from his latest injury setback
“Since they have found the infection he has progressed extremely well and everything is positive for him.
We found the infection but I suppose it is a bit like flu – you know you’ve got it but you don’t know where it came from. But it is responding well so that is positive for him. There’s nothing more sinister.”
Kenny on Carragher’s Injury Latest
Meanwhile, Dalglish also revealed there will be last minute fitness checks on Jamie Carragher ahead of Saturdays clash with Swansea….
“We’ll check on Carra for Saturday and see how he is. If he’s not going to be right, he is not going to be right.
As a football club, we’re much better with those two (Carragher and Gerrard) fit. They’ve been fantastic servants to the club and will continue to be fantastic servants.
Swans boss Brendan Rodgers on Liverpool
Swansea remain without a Premier League win on the road this season and although Liverpool will be without Steven Gerrard, Swansea’s boss Brendan Rodgers is well aware of the strength in depth possessed by Liverpool…
“He (Gerrard) is a world class player. If he is not playing then of course it makes a difference but they have other outstanding players,” he told a press conference.
Carroll has done well since going there and Suarez’s movement and quality is clear to see.
Adam has also stepped in and done well, so it is going to be a real good test of us, but we are improving all the time and our last away performance was excellent. So we hope to go to Liverpool and put in a good performance.”
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Sebastian Coates will “become better and better”
Meanwhile, Martin Skrtel, speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post believes his 21-year-old teammate Sebastian Coates will develop into a top defender at Anfield…
He’s doing well, I know he made a mistake against Stoke, but that’s part of being a footballer. Every player who has ever played has made a mistake at some time. He was unlucky because the other team scored from it.
For a youngster to be training with people like Stevie, Suarez, Carra and more can only help him. I think he will become better and better. In English football you get very little time on the ball , away from home sometimes you don’t even get a single second.
In other Premier League News….
- Michael Essien is making good progress in his recovery from knee surgery and could be back in action by the end of December.
- Accoring to the Daily Mail, Sevilla are ready to make a January move for Arsenal misfit Marouane Chamakh. Everton are also interested but would be more likely to request a loan.
- Stoke are on the brink of reaching the Europa League knockout stages after easing to a 2-1 win against Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel last night.
- A free-kick from Bibras Natcho was enough to condemn Tottenham to their first Europa League defeat of the season as Rubin Kazan win 1-0 in the Ortalyk Tsentralnyi Stadium last night.