Liverpool welcomes Swansea City to Anfield for a top flight game for the first time in 28 years, looking to continue a seven game unbeaten run. The score that day was 3-0 and after home draws with Sunderland, Manchester Untied and Norwich, Kenny Dalglish will be hoping for a similar result on Saturday.
Liverpool are currently sixth in the table, just two points behind Chelsea in fourth but equally important they are just 6 points ahead of this weekend’s visitors who are currently 10th in the table.
With Chelsea and inform Manchester City on the horizon and Arsenal hot on their trail Dalglish will be wary of dropping more points at home to so called lesser sides.
Luckily for Liverpool, Swansea on their travels represents a different proposition to Swansea at home.
Brendan Rogers’s side have failed to win on the road so far this season with 11 of their 12 points coming at the Liberty Stadium, a solitary point, admittedly it should have been three, secured at Molineaux against Wolves.
Four games away to Manchester City, Norwich, Chelsea and Arsenal has seen 12 goals conceded and just two scored, by contrast Liverpool has won 2 and drawn 3 of their home games scoring 8 goals.
Liverpool will head into the game without their captain Steven Gerrard who has undergone treatment on an infected right ankle. The ankle has been placed in a protective cast and comes just weeks after this return from a six-month absence following groin surgery.
Gerrard’s absence means that Andy Carroll is likely to keep his place up front alongside Suarez, who this week received a timely boost with the news he was nominated, deservedly so for the Ballon D’or.
Charlie Adam will link up with Lucas in the centre of midfield with Steward Downing on the left and either Craig Bellamy or Dirk Kuyt on the right of midfield.
Should Jaime Carragher fail to recover from a calf strain then Daniel Agger, so assured against West Brom, will continue at the back alongside Martin Skertel.
Swansea meanwhile will be without Steven Caulkner who is out with a knee injury while Alan Tate is also out with a broken leg.
In-form Danny Graham, with five goals in his last four matches, and Scott Sinclair, who has three goals so far this season, will be vital to Swansea City hopes if they are to get anything out of the encounter.
Verdict: Liverpool should be two strong for the premier league newcomers