Our football match prediction:
Swans have endured a difficult week during which they suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Manchester City. The 2-1 loss in the EFL Cup was followed by a 3-1 Premier League blow at the weekend, and Swansea are heading into the Liverpool game low on confidence. The anxiety is well justified as Francesco Guidolin’s men will have to deal with a team which scored most goals in 2016 of all English sides. Jurgen Klopp’s free-flowing pressing tactics have transformed Liverpool into a well-oiled hard working machine, while German tactician’s special man-management methods are also well-documented from his days at Borussia Dortmund. The Reds are a joy to watch, especially against big-name clubs, but if they want to be considered contenders this season, Liverpool will need to find consistency. Four wins on the trot give us no choice that to predict another win for Jurgen Kopp’s boys, who have a chance to break into the very top of the Premier League table, just behind Manchester City.
Highlighted Player (Gylfi Sigurdsson):
Arguably one of Iceland’s most famous footballers ever, Gylfi Sigurdsson was born In Reykjavik on 9 September 1989, but he never played for an Icelandic club on senior level. Having shown a great deal of potential while playing for FH and Breidablik youth teams, the attacking midfielder was snatched by Reading in 2008 and he has since spent the majority of his career in England. Sigurdsson also went on to represent Hoffenheim and Tottenham Hotspur, but he played his best football during the two spells with Swansea City, scoring 25 goals in first 85 Premier League games for the Swans. Sigurdsson became famous for his dangerous free-kicks and killer passes in the final third, but he was never given a genuine opportunity to prove his worth while at Tottenham Hotspur. The highly rated footballer had a key role to play as Iceland secured their first ever appearance at a major tournament finals, scoring 6 goals in 10 Euro 2016 qualifiers to ensure he would remain in the history books for years to come.
Highlighted Team (Liverpool):
Founded back in 1892, Liverpool are one of England’s and world’s most famous clubs. The Reds hold a high-profile rivalry with Everton and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the Merseyside derby. The Reds welcome their opponents at Anfield and it has to be noted that they have already won 18 first division trophies. Liverpool were on the verge of lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, but Steven Gerrard slipped in the decider against Chelsea and left the Reds without a title. Liverpool won their last Champions League trophy in 2005, with the team coming from three goals behind to beat Milan in a historic clash in Istanbul. The Reds have clinched five European Cups and it is no surprise they are regarded as one of the greatest European clubs. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Paul Ince, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Sami Hyypia and Luis Suarez are some of the most notable footballers to have represented the club over the years. The club’s anthem is You’ll Never Walk Alone and their shirt colour is red.