The premier League spotlight falls solely on Liverpool and Swansea this weekend.  Sunday afternoon’s meeting is the lone focal point for those not distracted by the apparent glamour of the FA Cup.

Liverpool seek another return to form. Or another step in their development, depending on what slant is put into play.  In reality they desperately need the win.  The defeat to Zenit St. Petersburg is not something Brendan Rodgers will be vilified for; however a flurry of chances were not taken.  Of more concern is the inability to defeat West Bromwich Albion at home.  Liverpool could point to some high calibre goal keeping by Ben Foster.  In reality though, they didn’t take their chances.  The trend is transparent.

Liverpool are the only side in Europe’s top five leagues {Germany, England, France, Italy and Spain} to have had more than 500 shots on goal  this season.  A remarkable statistic.  What’s been unremarkable is their conversion rate.

Visiting Anfield are a side who can be forgiven for having a swagger in their stride.  Swansea, having dismantled an apparent resurgent QPR under Harry Redknapp, are pushing to solidify their position in 7th place.  Under Rodgers last season, they finished a respectable 11th.  Manager Michael Laudrup could have the most assured strut of all; but this wouldn’t befit his style.  And it’s reflective of that panache, coupled with a tightening up of Swansea’s approach that sees the Welsh side in such rugged health.

Liverpool welcome back Daniel Sturridge who missed the league defeat to West Brom with a thigh strain and was cup tied for the trip to north-western Russia.  Fellow New Year signing Philippe Coutinho will also return after missing the Europa League defeat for the same reason. 

Swansea defender Chico Flores ruptured ankle ligaments in the disassembling of QPR, while Leon Britton’s ankle injury could save the home side from his effective brand of passing.

What could turn visitor’s heads is the impending distraction of the League Cup Final next weekend.  However, focus is not something that Swansea lack.  One thing that has been absent,  however, is good away form.  The Jacks have won only once in their last six trips away from the Liberty Stadium.

If Liverpool are to prosper, they will need a relative return on opportunities created.  Sturridge has proven an effective capture and a continuation of good service could see him be the difference bewtwen the sides.  Liverpool haven’t scored in their previous three meetings with Swansea.  It’s pivotal for Liverpool and Rodgers, that their derailed momentum is reinstated. 

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