Swansea were not particularly convincing in their 1-0 Boxing Day win vs. Aston Villa, ceding far too much possession to their visitors and having to rely on highlight-reel saves from Lukasz Fabianski and a blown penalty call to survive.
Meanwhile, Liverpool edged past Burnley by the same score. The two results and performances reinforced the feeling that neither of these sides is playing to its full potential.
The excellence that saw Liverpool come so close to winning last season's title owed more...
Liverpool close the first half of their campaign on Monday when they welcome Swansea to Anfield.
A win would see them draw level on points with the visitors, although the Welsh side possess a superior goal difference.
As they bid to close the gap on the Champions League places, manager Brendan Rodgers hopes an improved second half of the season can see them fulfil their pre-season ambitions.
Rodgers said: "For us the objectives are very much the same - we want to finish in that top four. We know there's...
Garry Monk has revealed his old manager Brendan Rodgers has allowed Swansea to use Liverpool's training base before their FA Cup tie at Tranmere next week -- but fears the offer could be withdrawn if the Welsh club win at Anfield on Monday night.
Monk and Rodgers forged a close bond working together at Swansea and that relationship has lasted the test of time even though they are now managerial opponents in the Premier League.
Rodgers steered Swansea into the top flight in 2011, when Monk was club...
Swansea clung on for another 1-0 win on Boxing Day and although manager Garry Monk talked up his teams "winning mentality" afterwards, there is a difference between playing to win and managing not to lose. Against Aston Villa, Swansea got lucky.
Real "winning mentality" would have seen Swansea take more than seven shots on goal all game. That's roughly one shot every 13 minutes, hardly a winning formula under most circumstances.
Villa were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty for Ash Williams'...