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Swansea´s Ki proud of knocking off Liverpool

1 November 2012 11:30

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung has revealed his pride at having a hand in helping his team beat his idol, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Swansea defeated the Reds 3-1 in the League Cup on Wednesday night and Ki has told of how much the win over Brendan Rodgers' side away from home meant.

The South Korea international hailed it as a fantastic result for the club against 'world-class' players in Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

"This is first win for Swansea at Anfield. I think it's meaningful. We prepared this game really well," Ki told Ilgan Sports.

"It was a good experience to play against world class players. But Swansea's win is more important. I'm proud of the result.

"Gerrard and other Liverpool players have much experience and played well in Premier League, so there was much to learn. But we did our best and left no regret. I myself tried what I could do and what my strength is."

With a game against league leaders Chelsea on the horizon, Ki argued that the strength of the team's midfield allows them to play well against some of the top flight's bigger sides and has backed them to recover from the lack of rest between fixtures.

"Of course it's difficult to play many games but I'm young enough to recover. I'm confident we can make a positive result against Chelsea too. We want to show good games to home fans," he said.

"(Leon) Britton, Michu and (Jonathan) De Guzman control the ball really comfortably.

"They lead and help me to play confidently. I also have much experience because I have played in major tournaments and with Celtic."

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Rodgers accepts defeat to Swansea

1 November 2012 06:21

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits his side were beaten by the better team following Swansea's 3-1 victory at Anfield in the League Cup.

A much-changed Reds side fell two goals behind after a Chico header and a Nathan Dyer breakaway goal handed the visitors a deserved lead.

Luis Suarez gave the hosts a chance, finishing from fellow substitute Steven Gerrard's free-kick late on, but the Swans wrapped it up as Jonathan De Guzman swept home.

And Rodgers had no complaints with the result, insisting the south Wales side were good value for their win.

"I thought the best team won. We were too slow, no tempo first half and Swansea were bright, creative and very good," he said.

"It took the introduction of Steven and Luis to up the tempo for us in the second half and then we looked like we could but just couldn't get the goal and got done on two breakaways."

The Northern Irishman also lamented the failure of the club's fringe players to grasp their chance, with both Samed Yesil and Joe Cole being hauled off at half-time after poor showings.

"We've got a very small squad and a thin squad and like what I've done in the other games I've rotated players, looked at young players and fringe players and given people the opportunity to come into the Premier League team," he said.

"But I thought we needed an injection. Obviously second half we were much brighter and had chances but couldn't score them, and it's no good if you don't score. It was disappointing to lose and be out of the competition but I don't think we can have any complaints.

"I know the size of the job here and I know a lot of the work. That again is another lesson for me tonight in terms of where we're at. "

The 39-year-old went on to hint at Cole's performance in particular as a cause of concern, with the attacker having rarely featured for the Reds in recent times - despite his rumoured salary of around 100,000 pounds per week.

"Joe had an opportunity. The club have invested an astronomical amount of money on a player who is talented," he said.

"Obviously he has been back fit now for a couple of weeks and the opportunities have been limited for Joe but then you've got to see the opportunity. I thought it was difficult for him just like it was for the team in the first half.

"We were too slow. It wasn't what I'd want and expect from a team that we're trying to set up to be dynamic so I think it was a difficult night for him."

Meanwhile, Rodgers' opposite number Michael Laudrup was understandably delighted with his side's performance as they posted their first victory at Anfield to progress to a maiden League Cup quarter-final.

"I think we played a great game. For the first 10 minutes we didn't have the ball and Liverpool started well, dominating, but then we came into the game and had a couple of chances," he said.

"We had a big one - a one-on-one with De Guzman - and from there I think we played a great game. For my first time ever at this stadium I think I've started well.

"To win here is very difficult and for our club it's a fantastic achievement to beat Liverpool at Anfield and to be in a quarter-final for the first time in the history of the club."

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Michu talks up Anfield experience

30 October 2012 16:55

Michu is looking to spoil former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers’ reunion with his old squad and beat Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

The Swans go to Anfield hoping to spring a surprise by defeating the current holders, who also feature one of the Welsh side's stand-out midfielder from last season - Joe Allen.

The Spaniard was brought in to soften the blow of Allen's departure, but has since gone on to establish himself as the club's top goalscorer so far this season and wants to prove himself still further by knocking out Liverpool on Wednesday and win the trophy on February 24.

Michu told the club's official website: "When I was growing up, I heard a lot of stories about Anfield and the atmosphere during games.

"It is a special atmosphere and I've always thought about what it would feel like being part of the opposition side that played there. Hopefully I'll get that chance on Wednesday night.

"It would be great to win there and create history for the club."

While Michu was full of praise for Anfield as one of the more traditional grounds in this country, he admits the prospect of playing at one of the newest in the form of Wembley is even more exciting, should his team progress that far.

"Of course, to play at Wembley would be amazing, but that's a long way off at the moment," he said.

"But I am yet to win a trophy in my career, so to win this competition would be very special myself and the club."

The trip to Anfield will also allow Michu the chance to see an old friend for the first time since leaving Rayo Vallecano in the summer as he comes face-to-face with fellow Spaniard Daniel Pacheco.

The Liverpool forward spent a spell on loan at Vallecano last season and is likely to get an appearance in a largely second-string side against the Swans.

"I know Daniel very well from his time on loan at Rayo," Michu said.

"He is a really good guy and a talented player. We haven't played against each other in the past, but hopefully we will get that opportunity on Wednesday.

"We have spoken to each other in the last few days about the game, and everyone is really looking forward to it."

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Allen ready for Swansea cup clash

29 October 2012 16:50

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has revealed he is looking forward to facing his former club when the Reds host Swansea in the Capital One Cup.

Allen was brought to Anfield by former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers over the summer and will face his old side for the first time on Wednesday.

And, while the Wales international admitted it will be a strange feeling to come up against the south Wales club, he is excited about the prospect.

"It is going to be a strange fixture for me and I'm looking forward to coming up against some good friends at a club I was at for many years," he told Liverpool's official website.

"It will be an interesting game and one I'm looking forward to."

The 22-year-old was delighted to have made his Merseyside derby debut on Sunday, but expressed disappointment over Luis Suarez's incorrectly ruled out late winner.

"It was an exciting encounter and I'm sure that was the same for the fans as well, but it was a shame we didn't get the three points," he said.

"It was mixed emotions for us at the end. It was a great feeling for a split second because we thought we had won the game, but it wasn't meant to be. Hopefully next time we will get the decision.

"It was a tough and physical battle but we expected that and I enjoyed it. Hopefully this is the first of many derbies I'll experience with Liverpool."

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