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The Associated Press

Liverpool have been boosted by news that defender Glen Johnson will be in their squad for Sunday's match against Swansea City at Anfield.

The 29-year-old England full-back had been out for a month with niggling groin and ankle injuries amid fears that he might miss this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

"Glen has been back training," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said at his pre-match press conference. "According to him, he has felt as good as he has done for a long time - which is great.

"He has looked very good in training and he'll come into the squad."

Liverpool (16-5-5) will be looking to take maximum points from the Swansea match to help their push for a top-four finish and a place in next season's Champions League.

The Reds are currently in fourth place just four points behind current Premier League leaders Chelsea and can now concentrate on league play after being knocked out of the FA Cup following their 2-1 defeat at Arsenal last weekend.

Liverpool 's home form has been excellent this season and they have won nine of their last 10 league matches at Anfield, scoring 36 goal and conceding just eight in that spell.

Swansea (7-7-12) go into the weekend's round of matches in 10th place but they are only four points above the relegation places in a congested bottom half of the table.

The Swans played well in drawing 0-0 against Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie at the Liberty Stadium on Thursday.

Swansea defender Angel Rangel believes his side will be buoyed by their performance against Napoli, who are currently third in the Serie A standings, and are looking forward to facing Liverpool and former Swans boss Rodgers.

"It's another big one for us. That's the beauty of football - we are playing in different competitions against big clubs all the time," said Rangel. "Liverpool are in the top four, and it's against Brendan too which is always special, and they are in top form.

"They are a different team (to Napoli). They play with a similar tempo to us, have great players and Brendan knows our style of play - just like we know his. It will be an open game. We have to make sure we keep (Daniel) Sturridge and (Luis) Suarez quiet, but as long as we are solid as a team and create chances like we did on Thursday night then I'm sure we can get a good result.

Liverpool will be without Lucas and Jose Enrique (both knee) and Mamadou Sakho (hamstring), while Swansea forward Michu is still recovering from a long-standing ankle injury.

The Swans have never won a league match at Liverpool, having lost nine and drawn three in 12 previous trips to Anfield.

Strikers Suarez and Sturridge have scored 36 goals for Liverpool this season, more than 12 Premier League sides as a whole, including Swansea (33).

Suarez has scored 16 times in 10 home games this season, but tallied just once in his last three league appearances at Anfield.

Liverpool have bagged 40 first-half goals this season, 13 more than any other English top-flight side this season.

The sides drew 2-2 in this season's reverse fixture at Swansea on September 16.

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