Key man to return against Swansea City
- Author: Kyle Warner Jan 23, 2018,
Jan 23, 2018, 1:59
Whilst the loss of Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona has done little to dampen team morale as Klopp's side played their best football of the season in the frantic 4-3 win over City.
"It is a hard job being a goalkeeper or centre-half at Liverpool because no-one forgives you one mistake", said Klopp. One player unlikely to feature will be club captain Jordan Henderson who is coming back from a hamstring injury.
Carvalhal admits Swansea have been frustrated in their search for new blood, with Ajax winger Amin Younes reportedly turning down a move to the Liberty Stadium.
If they don't take the three points for granted and don't take Swansea lightly based on how easily they brushed today's opponents aside in their last meeting, there should only be one result today.
Carvalhal's side are bottom of the Premier League but there has been in a slight upturn in form with just one defeat in five games since the Portuguese took charge.
Liverpool top scorer Mohamed Salah and defenders Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are all expected to recover from illness.
Adam Lallana is back in contention, and though the manager says he is "not the replacement for Coutinho", he should at least provide a good option from the bench.
Having beaten Swansea 5-0 at Anfield while they were under the guidance of interim manager Leon Britton, the Reds will be firm favourites to return to Merseyside with three points.
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There are things we must learn to not be in trouble again and I can assure you we'll give a good answer on Monday.
Elsewhere, Arsenal showed a positive glimpse of life post-Sanchez while Chelsea notched their first Premier League win of 2018 and Tottenham dropped points against struggling Southampton.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored against Maribor, West Ham United, Swansea City and Manchester City in his Liverpool FC career so far. A commanding second half display got the Reds over the line, which marked the first game of the winning streak they are looking to extend to six games this week. The problem they have is that everyone is watching them (through a magnifying glass) and saying 'still not good enough!
"If something jumps in my face, maybe we would think about it but we don't actively try to find new players that we don't know", said Klopp.
This will be Van Dijk's league debut.
"I'm not even sure if we'll have a look at our game against Swansea because it will be different".
Liverpool's tremendous form can not be denied, and Klopp's men will be on a high after overcoming the league leaders in their last fixture.