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Premier League preview: Swansea v Liverpool

SoccerNews in English Premier League, FA Cup 10 May 2012

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Liverpool will be out to overtake Merseyside rivals Everton on the Premier League table when they travel to Swansea City on Sunday.

The Reds, in eighth on 52 points, trail Everton, who host Newcastle United at home, by one point with one game to play.

Should Liverpool triumph in Wales, anything but victory for Everton in their last fixture would see Kenny Dalglish’s side leapfrog their neighbours into seventh place.

Liverpool bid farewell to the Anfield faithful for another season in style midweek, thumping Chelsea 4-1 after the disappointment of their FA Cup final loss to the same team three days prior.

“After a disappointing result and performance in the final that was exactly what was needed,” Liverpool defender Glen Johnson told the Liverpool Echo.

“We wanted to start where we left off in the final and we did that.

“Now we have to try to get another three points at Swansea and try to finish as high as possible. We want to finish seventh and if we beat Swansea we’ve got a chance of doing that.”

Swansea, on the other hand, could remarkably finish as high as 10th with three points over the Reds in their maiden Premier League campaign.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are 12th with 44 points, three behind 10th-placed West Bromwich Albion, who host Arsenal in their final outing.

Swansea have accounted for Manchester City and Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium this season while holding Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to draws.

Having sold out every home game this season, Swansea midfielder Joe Allen wants to thank the locals for their support with another high profile scalp.

“There have been games when it must have been hard to keep singing away, but they have just kept supporting us all the way,” Allen told the official Swansea website.

“We want to give the fans back what they have given to us all season.

“It will be a very difficult game but we have plenty to play for – we want to get into the top ten.”

Liverpool hosted Swansea in a scoreless draw last time the sides met in November.

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