Ben Davies: Swansea City can find the winning blend
BEN Davies admits Michael Laudrup may have to shuffle his pack next week — but insists the Swansea City boss can play a run of winning hands.
Swansea kick off a demanding spell with a Premier League game against Liverpool at the Liberty on Monday night.
They then fly to Spain on Wednesday for a Europa League tie against Valencia the following night, before returning home for a tricky league trip to Crystal Palace a week on Sunday.
It is a six-day sequence which is mouthwatering but daunting for a club dipping their toe in European waters.
But Davies, Swansea's only fit, genuine left-back in the absence of Neil Taylor, believes Laudrup's men can live with the hectic schedule.
"Having all these big games is going to be something we have to get used to," Davies said.
"But we've got the quality in the squad to adapt to the games coming up.
"Hopefully we can thrive on it. We've got a lot of good players in this team and the way the squad is now we might be able to rotate in games when players become tired.
"We've got players who have played at the top level and a manager who puts his faith in players.
"And we know we can score goals — if we can get Michu in a lot of space up top, he's always going to create chances for us."
Davies played in both Wales's defeats during the international break, but the 20-year-old will be required to go again when Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool come to SA1.
The likes of Michel Vorm, Jonathan de Guzman and Wilfried Bony have returned from international duty unscathed, while Ashley Williams got a rare breather in midweek because of suspension.
Liverpool will begin as favourites to win at the Liberty after their flying start to the season — but Davies is convinced Swansea can trouble Rodgers's men.
"It's another difficult game but we're going to hope to get something out of it," he added.
"I can't see a reason why we can't do that even though they've been looking very good. We've shown that we're a good team and we'll be hoping to cause them a few problems." Swansea have taken points off Liverpool in three of their four meetings since reaching the Premier League, while they also won at Anfield en route to last season's Capital One Cup triumph.
Nevertheless, anything Swansea get on Monday will be regarded as a bonus given the status of the opposition. "The top six clubs are always going to be classed above the others," Davies said. "It's always important to look at the games away from the top six and try to get three points, that's why West Brom was so big for us."
Remaining tickets for Liverpool's visit sold out yesterday.
Swansea's under-21s, meanwhile, have been drawn at home to Millwall in the new U21 Premier League Cup, with the tie to be played in the week beginning October 21.