. . . Swans boss insists Liverpool are keen to avenge cup loss
Michael Laudrup believes Liverpool will have revenge on their minds when they host the Swans at Anfield on Sunday (3pm).
The Swans face the Reds for the third time this season, having drawn 0-0 at the Liberty in the league after Laudrup’s side were 3-1 victors in Merseyside in the Capital One Cup in October.
And, with Brendan Rodgers’ side also losing 2-0 at home to West Brom on Monday, the Great Dane expects Liverpool to have added incentive to return to winning ways on Sunday afternoon.
“The fact that Liverpool lost to West Brom on Monday was a bad result for us because it means the Liverpool players will be even more motivated against us,” said Laudrup.
“Plus I do not think they have forgotten our game in the Capital One Cup earlier in the season.
“When you go to Anfield, it’s one of those grounds where you can never expect to get anything — it’s like Old Trafford, the Etihad, the Emirates or Stamford Bridge.
“I know we have got some good results at some of those grounds this season, but normally the home team are the big favourites.
“After beating Queens Park Rangers, we can go there with no pressure at all. That doesn’t mean we will go there and give away the game, of course not — we always want to be competitive.
“But there’s no pressure on us. The pressure will be on Liverpool.
“Last Saturday our players showed that they were 100 per cent focused on QPR and not the final. I hope this will be repeated on Sunday.
“It has to be that way because otherwise it will be a very long afternoon at Anfield.’’
The Swans are now back in the country after spending four days at a warm-weather training camp in Dubai following a demanding schedule.
And Laudrup was pleased with the outcome of the trip, pointing out the positives to have come from it.
“The break in Dubai has been good. It’s been nice to have a bit of sun on our backs and the grass pitches we have trained on are excellent. I think the players really enjoyed it and the combination of training and relaxation was good.”
On the injury front, the Swans are without defender Chico Flores after the Spaniard was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the 4-1 home win over QPR last weekend.
Leon Britton missed that game with an ankle complaint, but there is positive news ahead of the midfielder’s potential involvement on Sunday.
“Chico is being treated several times every day,” added Laudrup. “It will be very difficult for him to reach the cup final (against Bradford), but the physios are doing everything they can, so we will have to wait and see if he makes it.
“If Chico isn’t fit then I have three or four options to choose from.
“We are also assessing Leon Britton. Leon has been training a couple of times, so I am positive regarding his presence at Liverpool on Sunday.”