Guidolin – Britton is still important

Francesco Guidolin says Swansea must match Liverpool’s work-rate this weekend and believes Leon Britton will have a big role to play.

Swansea: Guidolin - Britton is still importantSwansea: Guidolin - Britton is still important

Guidolin enjoyed a victory over Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp in May when Swansea beat a much-changed Liverpool side 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium, days before they faced a Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.

The veteran Italian accepts he might need something similar to stay in his job with intense speculation surrounding his position ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime clash.

“Liverpool is a team with the best distance covered, and first we have to match this,” said Guidolin.

“Then there is tactics, technique, movement – a lot of things. We know we must have a big performance against Liverpool, but I know the character and courage of my players.”

The Swans boss feels 34-year-old Britton has a big part to play after the captain was recalled to the side – making his first league start since the opening day of the season against Manchester City last weekend.

“The quality of Leon is very important to us,” added Guidolin. “He is our skipper and he has the experience, quality and character to be in the line-up.

“It would be better if he was younger, but that is not possible.”

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