Swansea City vs Liverpool, Premier League Gameweek 4: Open Thread

Swansea plays Liverpool today in the final game of the weekend. For viewers in the United States, the broadcast begins on NBCSN at 2:30pm ET, building up to the 3pm ET kick-off.

This is an intriguing match to me. All of the pundits and bookmakers are predicting a Liverpool win tonight, so as a Swansea City supporter, it’s a weird feeling knowing that no one is rating your club to win. At some point, Swansea City will come good at home against a top side in the Premier League. The last time the Swans put in a brilliant performance at home in the league against a top side was May 13, 2012 when Swansea beat Liverpool 1-0 on the final day of the 2011-12 season. Yes, it’s been that long.

While I’m a big believer in Swansea’s system and their group of players, I don’t think tonight is the night that they’ll come good where each player will put on a first class performance. Swansea, despite their win against West Brom in the last gameweek, are in a slump and haven’t been able to play at their peak performance — in the league — for quite some time. It seems they’ve been saving their better performances for, this season, the Europa League and, last season, the League Cup.

Starting lineups:

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Flores, Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Bony

Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Vazquez.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Wisdom, Skrtel, Sakho, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Moses, Sturridge

Subs: Jones, Toure, Alberto, Aspas, Sterling, Ibe, Kelly

Liverpool have the firing power and team confidence to grind out a victory tonight in South Wales. Steven Gerrard will be playing his 400th game for the Reds as captain. With a win tonight, the Reds will jump to the top of the Premier League and will open up a three point gap over second place.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with soccer fans from around the globe.


37 thoughts on “Swansea City vs Liverpool, Premier League Gameweek 4: Open Thread”

      1. Amen to that.

        did you fly a A-380 to the Mideast trip you took?if so did you love it?i think best long haul plane flying took one to OZ last year.

        1. No I did a Boeing, although I did fly the A380 three times with Emirates, one in Economy and two in First. And the Economy one was the worst flight I ever had, where the first where the best.

  1. When Swansea signed Jonjo Shelvey, I wasn't happy (as a Swansea supporter). He's too unreliable and inconsistent. How Laudrup starts Shelvey over de Guzman, I do not know.

    Very frustrating.

    1. I concur. Right now. But in a few years—if they keep him—Shelvey will be a really nice player. He's still only 21.

      1. It's an adjustment for him, yes, but why not play him in Europa League matches where he gain his experience there than in more important Premier League matches where his mistakes are giving away goals.

          1. He's on the bench today, and he was on the bench against Andorra (for Holland). He should have recovered by now from the concussion he had a few weeks ago.

            If de Guzman isn't 100% fit, Jose Canas could play instead of Shelvey, and do a much better job.

  2. Sturridge has been unreal thus far. If he and Suarez and work together (and last year showed they could in brief action), this could be a very dangerous attack.

    1. Liverpool is undefeated during Suarez suspension and when he comes back its like Brendan Rodgers acquiring a world class player on free transfer for nothing. Reds attack could be lethal if Sturridges form holds.

  3. Wonderful equalizer - and good for Jonjo! Loved how the rest of the squad visibly kept him up and his spirits after those two dreadful howlers.

  4. Can't stand shelvey but credit to him for playing his part in the Swans second goal. He could easily have let his head drop and go into hiding after his mistakes but he's still looking for the ball. Great run from deep and glancing header to set up Michu.

    1. He also helped deliver a baby girl, but kicked a defenseless elderly male in the shins really hard... so it was really a mixed night for the guy.

  5. Does anyone know who the commentators for the champions league games tomorrow will be? Is Fox using Gus Johnson? By the way, great game!

  6. Again, MNF on Sky Sports is must see TV. They always end the show with questions from Twitter. A fan asked the question: Who are your #1, #2, #3 between Gerrard, Lampard, and Scholes.

    Carragher went with Gerrard, Lampard, followed by Scholes.

    Neville wouldn't be dragged into ranking the players. All he said was that Scholes was the best player he ever played with...and he's played with everyone. He also said that he hates questions like this because all three players are so different.

    The debate was really fantastic.

    I will rate TV footy broadcasting:

    #1 Sky Sports
    #2 Al Jazeera
    #3 NBC
    #4 ESPN

    #50 Fox

  7. Liverpool was lucky to get a point tonight. I don't know whether teams have them figured out by half-time or if they lose their pace, but they need to play two first halves instead of this great first half, poor second half.


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