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League Cup

  • 31 October 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 37521

Liverpool - Swansea Preview: Brendan Rodgers faces former club for first time since Anfield arrival

The Reds manager departed the Liberty Stadium after a successful two-year tenure with the Welsh club, and now meets his former employers for the first time in the Capital One Cup


Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Enrique
Sahin, Shelvey, Henderson
Assaidi, Yesil, Downing

Rangel, Monk, Williams, Davies
Routledge, Britton, De Guzman, Gower

For the home side, Luis Suarez is likely to be given a break considering his position of being the only 'senior' striker available in their ranks. This Capital One Cup clash gives manager Brendan Rodgers an opportunity to rest his Uruguayan forward, meaning Samed Yesil could start up front, as he did in the last round against West Brom. Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen and Steven Gerrard are all likely to be rested.

In goal, Pepe Reina's inclusion on the bench for Sunday's Merseyside derby means he may well now be fit enough to start in this one. Stewart Downing should start on the left wing, following his strike in last week's Europa League tie with Anzhi. However, Glen Johnson (muscle spasm), Lucas Leiva (thigh), Fabio Borini (foot) and Martin Kelly (knee) are all still out.

For the visitors, the major news concerns Michel Vorm, who has been ruled out for eight weeks with the groin injury which saw him replaced at Manchester City on Saturday, so German keeper Gerhard Tremmel will deputise.

Garry Monk - club captain and goalscoring hero in the last round against Crawley Town - may get another chance in this competition alongside Ashley Williams, while Michu could drop back into midfield to accommodate striker Danny Graham. Kyle Bartley (thigh) and Neil Taylor (ankle) are long-term absentees, but the rest of the line-up should be strong as the Swans look to knock out last season's cup winners.

  • Brendan Rodgers' Swansea side claimed four points from Liverpool last year, with a 0-0 draw at Anfield followed by a 1-0 win at home.

  • The 1-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium was Rodgers' last game in charge of Swansea.
  • The last time these two sides met in a cup match, Liverpool won 8-0 at Anfield in the FA Cup 3rd round in January 1990. Division Three side Swansea initially held a the Reds to a 0-0 draw, but were heavily beaten in the replay.
  • Swansea haven't scored a goal at Anfield since a 2-2 draw in October 1981.
  • Danny Graham's (pictured) winner in the 1-0 victory in May was his 100th career goal. He has added three more this season, two of which have come in the Capital One Cup.
  • Liverpool forward Fabio Borini scored six goals in nine league games whilst playing on-loan for Championship side Swansea in 2010-11.

  • Swansea have never advanced past the fourth round of this competition.

  • The Reds have kept clean sheets in their last three games at Anfield in all competitions.


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1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
19Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
49Jack RobinsonDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
10Joe ColeMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
11Oussama AssaidiStriker
36Samed YeşilStriker
52Daniel WardGoalkeeper
47Andre Wisdom Defender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
4Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
13David CornellGoalkeeper
33Ben DaviesDefender
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
9Itay ShechterStriker
Players to Watch
Oussama Assaidi
Oussama Assaidi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The summer signing from Heerenveen has been restricted to Europa League and Capital One Cup appearances so far thanks to the form of Raheem Stirling, but this game should see Assaidi get another chance on Liverpool's right wing. His direct running approach causes problems for opposition defenders, and Swansea will need to be aware of the Moroccan's threat.
Gerhard Tremmel
Gerhard Tremmel
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
For the past 15 months, Michel Vorm has proved himself to be one of the most talented keepers in the league, making himself a key player for the Swans. However, his injury setback means all eyes will be on his German understudy Tremmel, who could be at the start of an two month run in the team. Swansea supporters will be keen to see if Tremmel has the talent to fill Vorm's shoes.
Brendan Rodgers has vowed there will be little sentiment when he faces his former club for the first time, and his Liverpool side will be keen to continue their trophy defence after their recent better form. Swansea have never reached the last eight of the Capital One Cup; a stat Michael Laudrup will be eager to change. At Anfield however, the Reds should be too strong, though it is likely to be a tight affair.
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