The Liverpool players might be used to hearing the Kop belt out 'You'll Never Walk Alone', but Sunday afternoon's final game of the season will feature an entirely different sensation - several hundred Elvises (or should that be Elivi) singing "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You". Possibly several thousand.
Making a mockery of a bookmakers remarks in the pre-season that there was more chance of seeing Elvis than of the Swans staying up, Brendan Rodgers has urged the Swans faithful to don Elvis costumes for the team's final game of the season at the Liberty. The record for the most Elvises in one place at a time is 640-odd. Chances are that figure is easily eclipsed this weekend and the Swans will enter the record books for a most bizarre distinction.
Pic courtesy of Jeremy Little
With the season not even properly over yet, talk of summer signings (silly and otherwise) has bumrushed the public consciousness like the next act at an overbooked open-mic night. Some of it appears to be genuine; for instance, based on this video clip, I sincerely hope Swansea's interest in Dundee United phenom Gary Mackay-Steven is for real :
Mackay-Steven, or 'GMS', even claims to have invented his own techniques, the most famous of which is known as the 'Gaz Get-Away'. As names go, it's not nearly as elegant as 'The Cruyff Turn', but assuming that's it in the video, it's every bit as slick on the field. I am already imagining some kind of locker room throwdown where Scotty Sinclair, Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and GMS try to out-do each other in an impromptu skills competition. Although, perhaps Jazz Richards would have something to say about that?
There is also still talk of ADO Den Haag duo Christian Kum and Jens Toonstra coming over. Kum is a centre-back, but at just six foot, he's not going to replace Caulker's inches at the back, whilst Toornstra might be Sigurdsson plan B. Kum is likely to be available on a free whilst Toornstra is coming to the end of his contract and could therefore be cheap, which suits Swansea's pocket, whilst the Den Haag connection (via Ferrie Bodde) makes this proposition sound legit... or the exact opposite, since it would be easy for anyone to put those pieces together and come up with an authentic sounding but bogus transfer story. My guess is the Toornstra interest is at least somewhat true.
Way more interesting is the rumour that has the Swans looking closely at Lacina Traore, a huge (6'8") Ivorian striker dubbed 'the next Emmanuel Adebayor'. He's young, plays for Kuban in Russia (they paid £5 million for him) and apparently wants a move, with Ajax also in the picture. He has 41 career goals in 123 appearances, which puts him in the same bracket as Danny Graham for goals-per-game, although it's pretty clear just from his size alone that Traore is probably a different type of player altogether. If you're as interested as I was in what Traore looks like on a football pitch, you might want to check this out :
Gangly is one word. Awesome is another. Go to the 1:17 mark and watch how he works himself and the ball out of a swarm of three defenders before narrowly missing the far post. It's like watching a kid five years older than everyone else play football in the playground.
Elsewhere, the Swans held their annual Awards Dinner which saw Michel Vorm in a triple scoop, winning Away Player Of The Year, Supporters Player Of The Year and Players' Player Of The Year. Joe Allen won Young Player Of The Year, Gylfi Sigurdsson won Goal Of The Year (for his first against Wigan) and Ash Williams was voted the Club Ambassador, whilst Kev Johns won the Swans Trusts Lifetime Achievement award. I'll be taking a look at the Swans first Premier League season and possibly 'handing out' a few awards of my own in the coming days. Before all that, though, there's Liverpool.
Dalglish will likely be gunning to finish ahead of Everton, and certainly as high as possible to soften the impact of what must count as a disappointing season for Liverpool, whilst the Swans will want to go out with style, make a statement for next season and perhaps finish a place or two higher and get a few extra bob for the effort, which might count for something when Babbel and Rodgers finally get down to brass tacks.
Max Hicks is a writer, musician and former Sunday League left winger. Despite never playing professionally, Hicks has walked onto the hallowed turf of the old Vetch field in full Swansea whites... as a mascot. These days, when not writing, he plays in defence in a weekly jumpers-for-goalposts kickaround.