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Kyle focused on Anfield trip

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07:00 14th February 2013

. . . Bartley insists Swans will be fully charged for Liverpool test


Kyle Bartley believes the Swans will head to Liverpool fresh and raring to go ahead of a massive week for the club.
The Swans are currently in Dubai on a warm weather training camp following a hectic schedule over December and January.
They return to action with a trip to Anfield on Sunday, before the Capital One Cup Final against Bradford City at Wembley a week later.
Bartley, who replaced the injured Chico Flores in last weekend’s 4-1 win over QPR at the Liberty, said: “It’s great to spend some time with each other, train and relax after a hectic couple of weeks.
“It’s good for team bonding. There are a lot of new lads that have come in and we can get to know each other more.
“We go to Liverpool next and we can take confidence from the previous win there. We’ve also been to Newcastle and Chelsea and got positive results.
“Liverpool is another massive match as is every game in the Premier League. They’re all important. We don’t feel safe yet, we need to keep going and progress.
“We will go there, play our own game and hopefully get a positive result.
“It would be nice to take a bit of confidence from that going into the final. We expect a tough game - it always is at Anfield.”
Bartley is pushing for a starting role against Liverpool after his performance off the bench against QPR.
If he does feature, he will hope to keep the Barclays Premier League’s top scorer Luis Suarez quiet.
And the former Arsenal centre-back has highlighted the danger posed by the Uruguayan striker.
“You can’t give him too much space. All he needs is half a yard to get a shot off or to cause a bit of damage,” added Bartley.
“He’s a nightmare for a defender. He’s an amazing footballer. He’s a 100 per cent every game and has amazing ability.
“He’s not the only one we have to keep an eye on with players around him like (Steven) Gerrard and (Daniel) Sturridge, who are equally dangerous. Everyone will have to be on the top of their game.”

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