Saturday, 16th February, 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is sure that his old club Swansea will give the Reds a tough test on Sunday, despite the fact that they have the League Cup final on the agenda the following weekend.

The Swans visit Anfield tomorrow, with a looming League Cup final date against Bradford City surely on the club’s mind, and the promise of silverware and European football for next season too tempting to miss.

Rodgers could do with his old club having their minds elsewhere, with Liverpool sitting ninth in the Premier League table and having suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League tie against Zenit St. Petersburg on Thursday evening.

But the Northern Irishman does not think that will be the case.

"Knowing a lot of the Swansea players, they’ll want to do well and play every game", he told his club’s official site.


"They have had a terrific season – it’s a football club which over the last 10 years has just grown and grown.

"It’s a big game next week for them because it’s the first chance to get their hands on a trophy.

"But it’s also a big game coming to Liverpool to play, hence the reason why I think they’ll probably still be a strong side.

"We played earlier on in the season in that competition and it was two contrasting teams."

Swansea currently sit above Liverpool in the Premier League, with manager Michael Laudrup having the Welsh giants positioned in seventh spot.

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