Bony targets Liverpool

SWANSEA - Wilfried Bony is ready to show Liverpool what they’re missing as he vows to end his stunning year as he started it ...with Premier League goals.

No-one has been able to touch the Swansea City striker when it’s come to finding the net over the past 12 months, the indomitable Ivorian making sure 2014 was the year of The Beast.

After hitting a brace against Manchester City on January 1, the 26-year-old has grabbed 20 league goals in total to help the Swans first securing their top-flight status and then push on to the top-half in an impressive 2014-15 campaign to date.

It is the kind of front-man form tonight opponents Liverpool could do with, Brendan Rodgers’ men missing the goal threat of summer sale Luis Suarez and the crocked Daniel Sturridge.

Their replacements Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have been unable to match Bony’s goal ratio.

Rodgers was known to be interested in Bony last summer only for Liverpool to back down from making a formal approach.

It is the second time the Merseyside giants have opted against the super-strong striker, having turned down a young Bony when he arrived for an Anfield trial in 2007.

But while he says he’s not out to prove a point, Bony is out to make sure he continues his goal-laden year as he aims for more Swansea success.

Bony, who signed a new Swans contract earlier in the campaign, said: “Liverpool will always be a difficult game because they are Liverpool.

“I scored there twice last season and it was nice because I had been on trial there when I was younger. I was there for two weeks in 2007 when Rafa Benitez was the manager.

“They wanted to see what sort of a player I was and it was amazing as a young guy to get the chance to use facilities like that and to see a stadium like that.

“I remember sitting up in the stand there watching a game and I enjoy the chance to go and play there because it was my first experience of English football.

“It was nice to score a couple of times there last season, it is always nice to score at places where you have been and you were not able to make it. It’s not that you have a particular point to prove, you always have a point to prove in football, but it is nice.

“It was a fair time ago and I just have to focus on my game and do my best. I hope I can score and help Swansea win the game.”

There will be extra motivation for Bony to increase his goal tally at the iconic ground given it is his penultimate outing before heading away on international duty.

The £12m record Swans signing will link up with Liverpool defender Kolo Toure and Man City’s Yaya Toure to spearhead Ivory Coast’s hopes of lifting the Africa Cup of Nations when it kicks-off in Equatorial Guinea next month - but could cost Swansea his services until midway through February. – WalesOnLine


Liverpool v Swansea (10pm)

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