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Liverpool boss talks up opponents

Brendan Rodgers is aware of Swansea's threat

By | 14th September 2013
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has played up the credentials of Swansea City ahead of their match on Monday. The Reds will be looking to regain their position at the top of the table when the two sides meet, as the Reds have been perfect in their start to the season, winning all three of their Premier League matches by a 1-0 scoreline. Rodgers knows the Welsh club better than most managers, having led the Swans to promotion to the Premier League in his final season as manager there.

According to the Liverpool manager, Michael Laudrup’s side will be fighting for a top ten spot this season after last year’s 9th placed finish. The Swans are also competing on the European front having qualified for the Europa League via their Capital One Cup success last season, offering Laudrup’s men a big test in their third season in England’s top flight, and Rodgers made note of their difficult fixture list.

“It’s a club that I’m sure will again be vying for a top-10 spot,” Rodgers said ahead of Monday’s match, according to LiverpoolFC.com. ”They have got a tough week ahead of them – a game on Monday against ourselves, Valencia in the Europa League and then a game on Sunday. But that’s why they have built their squad.

“Every game there, and I know from being the manager there for a couple of years, you never have an easy game at the Liberty Stadium.

“We’ve jumped three barriers already this season that were tough games; how we’ve done in those games bears no resemblance to the game on Monday. We have to approach the game with the same vigilance as we have done in those games. It will be a tough game but we’ve got belief and confidence.”

Liverpool supporters may get a first glimpse of new signings Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses on Monday, as both players have started training with the club following their late moves to Anfield. Sakho faces stiff competition in the heart of Liverpool’s defense as both Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel have taken advantage of their chances alongside Daniel Agger this season, with Skrtel helping the Reds hold Manchester United scoreless before the international break.



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