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Brendan Rodgers has decided to hand rare Premier League starts to two of his English midfielders, while Itay Shechter will lead the line for Michael Laudrup's team

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has handed Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing rare Premier League starts as the Anfield club prepare to take on Swansea City.

Michael Laudrup has put his faith in forward Itay Shechter as Danny Graham misses out through injury for the hosts, who will be looking to take all three points against their former boss.

Swans defender Chico will start at the back for the home side after being declared fit for the Sunday afternoon clash.

Pepe Reina has kept his place in the Liverpool starting XI after returning from injury, with Brad Jones having to settle for a place on the bench despite his good form in the Spaniard's absence.

Swansea starting XI:
Tremmel; Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies; Britton, De Guzman; Routledge, Michu, Hernandez; Shechter.

Subs:
Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Agustien, Ki, Dyer, Lita.

Liverpool starting XI: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Downing; Gerrard, Allen, Henderson; Sterling, Suarez, Enrique.

Subs:
Jones, Carragher, Coates, Suso, Shelvey, Cole, Sahin.

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