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Reds will be riled up, says Laudrup

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is expecting Liverpool to have revenge on their minds when he takes his side to Anfield on Sunday.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is expecting Liverpool to have revenge on their minds when he takes his side to Anfield on Sunday.

Following a 3-1 win in the Capital One Cup in October and a 0-0 stalemate in the Premier League a month later, the Welsh outfit are yet to taste defeat against their former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool come into the game on the back of a shock 2-0 home league loss to West Brom, before a lacklustre display left their Europa League hopes in tatters after losing 2-0 to Zenit, and Laudrup is cautious of a backlash at the weekend.

“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,” Laudrup told reporters.

“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 QPR, 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 took a short break in Dubai for a warm-weather training camp ahead of the 12 final games of the season, and Laudrup is pleased with the outcome of the trip.

He added: “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.”
Fri 15 February, 2013
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