Rangel points the way as Swans look to build
ANGEL Rangel has set his sights on three games that could send Swansea City soaring.
Confidence is high at the Liberty after a four-match unbeaten run in which victories at Liverpool and Newcastle have come either side of draws with Chelsea and Southampton.
Swansea sit 10th in the Premier League ahead of Liverpool's visit on Sunday — but Rangel has ambitions to climb higher.
After the Reds, Swansea entertain West Brom next Wednesday before travelling to face Arsenal.
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And Rangel sees those three fixtures as an opportunity for Swansea to force their way further up the table.
"We know next week we have three big games and we can put ourselves in a great position," said the full-back.
"Our performances were good against Manchester City and Chelsea but, being realistic, we only had two points from the three games (including Southampton).
"But when you can get a surprise win at Newcastle, all of a sudden it's five points from four games and that sets us up for two home games.
"It's very important we get points at home, the away wins are a bonus, but the most important thing is the home form and we have been doing okay."
Swansea welcome a familiar face back to the Liberty this weekend as Brendan Rodgers returns for the first time since leaving to join Liverpool last summer.
But Rangel believes they take on a side much-changed from last season.
Rodgers has implemented his short passing philosophy on Merseyside and after a slow start it is starting to pay dividends.
Liverpool are unbeaten in seven top-flight games and travel to South Wales after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Wigan last Saturday.
"Brendan is going to have a very warm welcome from everyone, he did wonderful things for the club," said Rangel.
"We are all looking forward to the game, especially after a win. It's going to be a tough game because they are doing well and we can't forget they are a massive club.
"But we are very confident we can win the game.
"It's a different Liverpool to the one we played last season, they did not keep the ball like they do now.
"We know what the manager likes and they have some top-class players, but we will be confident and hopefully we can get the win."
Swansea head into the match after what Rangel describes as their best away performance of the season after goals from Michu and Jonathan de Guzman helped Michael Laudrup's men to a 2-1 triumph on Tyneside four days ago.
But there was a tinge of disappointment at conceding an injury-time goal to Demba Ba.
"It was a great result, but we are a bit cross about the goal at the end. Of course we would have taken a 2-1 win at St James' Park," said the defender.
"It was probably our best game away from home.
"We knew it was going to be difficult to keep the ball like we normally do so we knew we had to defend well and keep very narrow.
"On the break we looked a real threat all game and we had lots of chances.
"Overall it was a great performance.
"It is early days, but to be in 10th place is excellent and after two draws in the last two games it was very good to get a win."