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Swansea's Kyle Bartley is relishing the chance to take on Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend ahead of the Capital One Cup final.

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Kyle Bartley: Relishing Swansea's trip to Liverpool this weekend

Kyle Bartley: Relishing Swansea's trip to Liverpool this weekend

The Swans face Brendan Rodgers' men on Sunday after returning from a training camp in Dubai.

And with a huge game against Bradford City at Wembley a week later, Bartley is confident the Swans can impress.

"We go to Liverpool next and we can take confidence from the previous win there," said Bartley.

"We've also been to Newcastle and Chelsea and got positive results.

"Liverpool is another massive match as is every game in the Premier League. They're all important. We don't feel safe yet, we need to keep going and progress.

"We will go there, play our own game and hopefully get a positive result. It would be nice to take a bit of confidence from that going into the final. We expect a tough game - it always is at Anfield."

Meanwhile, Bartley has described Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as a "nightmare" to mark as the defender prepares to go up against the Uruguayan.

Bartley is pushing for a starting role after Chico Flores ruptured ankle ligaments in the 4-1 win over QPR, and is set to get the chance to stake a claim for selection for the Capital One Cup final.

But the former Arsenal man knows just how difficult it will be to stop Suarez, who has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season and is the Premier League's top marksman.

He told the club website: "You can't give him too much space. All he needs is half a yard to get a shot off or to cause a bit of damage.

"He's a nightmare for a defender. He's an amazing footballer. He's a 100 per cent every game and has amazing ability.

"He's not the only one we have to keep an eye on with players around him like (Steven) Gerrard and (Daniel) Sturridge, who are equally dangerous. Everyone will have to be on the top of their game."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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