Livid Klopp demands improvement

An angry Jurgen Klopp is determined to learn from Liverpool's shock 1-0 loss to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The Reds contrived to lose to the Premier League's rock-bottom side just eight days after they had defeated the runaway leaders Manchester City 4-3 at Anfield.

Alfie Mawson scored the only goal in the first half on Monday but the Swans remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Swansea are now 4/9 to be relegated while Liverpool are 1/3 to finish in the top four of the Premier League and 1/4 to beat West Brom in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

"Last weekend [against City] feels like it was half a year ago, it's not what I'm interested in," Klopp said after the game.

"We're frustrated, I'm frustrated, I'm angry because of what we did. We have to get the points, we have to learn from it.

"We lost the game in the first half. Not only because we conceded the goal – It can happen like this – but because we didn't keep the positions we wanted to be in.

"We weren't that secure or confident in what we were doing in the first half."

Liverpool almost equalised in stoppage time when Roberto Firmino's header struck the woodwork but the defeat ended their 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Carvalhal vows to stay positive

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal has vowed to remain positive as he attempts to guide his side away from the foot of the Premier League table.

The Swans are six points adrift of safety as they prepare to welcome Liverpool to the Liberty Stadium on Monday evening.

And former Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carvalhal is determined to take an attacking approach to the game, despite the Reds having ended the unbeaten league record of Manchester City last time out.

He told the club's official website: "We know that we have a big challenge on our hands, but anything can happen. I believe that nothing is impossible.

"I cannot remember ever going into a game to play for a draw. In all games, whoever we play, we will try to win. That is the way forward."

And Carvalhal even refuses to be cowed into more conservative tactics against a Liverpool side primed to attack at every opportunity by their boss Jurgen Klopp.

He added: "They have strong points, but a team that lets in three has weak points also. It is not a team that wins 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, so I look at the game like that.

"If a team scores four, let's see how they do it and what type of dynamic they have. How can we block them when they have the ball?

"The best teams in the world have very few weak points, but they do have them. So let's try and exploit that and hide the strong points that they do have."

The Swans can be backed at 19/4 to secure a draw on Monday evening, with the visitors 11/1 to claim a 3-1 victory, while City are available at 7/2 to avoid relegation come the end of the season.

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Klopp has no desire to spend

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that he is in no rush to replace Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window.

Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona earlier this month but the Reds responded last weekend by inflicting a first Premier League defeat of the season on Manchester City.

Liverpool visit rock-bottom Swansea City on Monday and are 6/1 to beat the Welsh side 2-0 and 5/6 to keep a clean sheet at the Liberty Stadium.

Klopp said: "I don't think about money. Nobody told me that I have to think about money because we are always reasonable, we always try to do the right thing.

"I really think, it is not that Adam Lallana is a replacement for Philippe Coutinho but he is back. Cool. It is another wonderful, creative, offensive midfield player.

"And there are other players who can stand up. [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain was here all the time with Phil together but he can do a job, Milly [James Milner] still, Gini [Wijnaldum], so they are all here and can make an improvement and develop in the season so that is all good."

Liverpool are 1/6 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season while Swansea can be backed at 2/9 to be relegated.

Karius wins the nod from Klopp

German goalkeeper Loris Karius has been challenged to make the most of the opportunity of having become first-choice under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

Karius joined the Reds from Mainz in the summer of 2016 and has since been locked in a battle with Belgium international Simon Mignolet to become the regular keeper under head coach Klopp.

However, the 24-year-old appears to have won the nod for the foreseeable future, having started in each of the last two Reds' fixtures, against Everton and Manchester City.

He does, though, have to impress, starting against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Monday evening.

Klopp told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "He is a really good goalkeeper and we brought him in because we wanted him to play.

"There were a few difficulties, but he has settled as well and there are a lot of really good things in his game which are natural and I like them and now he can show them.

"I changed not my opinion, but I changed the situation and that is all. Of course Loris has to deliver and he knows that.

"He is the No.1 and that means he can play a game and can concede a goal against City – it's not that we want that but it is possible – but all the good things I'd like to see again.

"I saw a lot of good things in the games he has played in the last few weeks and that is why he is in."

Liverpool who inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Manchester City last time out, are 3/10 to win at Swansea and are 6/1 to secure a 2-0 victory, with the visitors 5/6 to keep a clean sheet.

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Klopp revels in Reds success

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp felt his side had made an 'important statement' by inflicting a first Premier League defeat of the season on Manchester City.

The Reds won an Anfield thriller 4-3 on Sunday, with the hosts giving a perfect response to the recent big-money departure of Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The result ended the Citizens' 22-game unbeaten start to the league campaign, with Klopp excited by an energy-packed performance which saw his side lead 4-1 before City pulled two goals back late on.

He told reporters: "It is a very important statement, but that's all.

"It was not that I said in the meeting before the game 'it would help a lot if you could win then nobody would talk about Coutinho'. But it is important we showed it is possible to play without him.

"Maybe it's the only game they lose in the whole season because they are so strong. I really think we deserved it. The pressing in and around the box in the second half was from a different planet, outstanding.

"We will see what it gives us for the rest of the season. To concede three goals was not too cool, but as a manager if you play football like we do, the rest will come. For tonight it’s perfect – that's a fair result."

The win lifted the Reds up to third place in the Premier League table, with Klopp's side having now won four consecutive league games to move level on points with Chelsea and Manchester United, who face Stoke City on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are available at 14/1 to win the Champions League this season, with Manchester United priced at 14/1 and Manchester City 3/1.

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City suffer first defeat

Manchester City have been beaten for the first time in the league this season, losing a thriller 4-3 at Liverpool.

They went into half-time level, Leroy Sane equalising after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given the home side an early lead.

City then hit the crossbar early in the second half but were then blown away by three goals inside 10 minutes. That was not the end of the drama, with City getting the score back to 4-3, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan getting City back into it.

However they couldn't find a fourth and Liverpool held on for a priceless win which boosts their top four credentials but also gives a little hope to City's other challengers at the top of the Premier League table.

It was the home side who started on top and they got an early reward, Oxlade-Chamberlain surging forward and striking well, from 20 yards out to beat Ederson.

He could have had a second, going close later in the first half but City threatened too, notably from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

They drew level towards the end of the half and Sane did brilliantly to control the ball and fire home though first Joe Gomez and then keeper Loris Karius could have done better for Liverpool.

City could have gone ahead five minutes after the restart, Nicolas Otamendi's header hitting the top of the bar with the keeper beaten.

However, that was their last chance of victory with Liverpool then scoring three. Robert Firmino got the better of John Stones to chip past Ederson for Liverpool's second, then, after Sadio Mane hit the post, two minutes later he went one better, smashing a shot into the top corner after good work from Mohamed Salah.

Then Salah scored himself, capitalising on a poor clearance from Ederson to chip over the keeper's head and into the empty net.

That was 4-1 and it looked game over but two goals in the last 10 minutes gave City hope and sent shivers through the Anfield home support.

First Gundogan's shot was deflected into the path of Silva and then, in the final minute Gundogan scored after good work from Aguero.

That left time added on but City weren't able to find an equaliser and they will not go through the league season unbeaten.

City still have a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with Liverpool one of three teams now on 47 points.

However Manchester United have a game in hand and can cut the gap to 12 points if they beat Stoke City at Old Trafford on Monday night. They are 1/5 to win with Stoke 16/1.

City are 1/80 to win the Premier League with United priced at 66/1.

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Salah fit for City clash

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mohamed Salah is fit to face Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

The Egypt international missed Liverpool's last two games with a groin injury but Klopp says he is in full training again and raring to go for the game at Anfield.

Salah has been in scintillating form for the Reds this season, scoring 17 times in 21 appearances.

"If nothing happens in this moment, Mo is back," Klopp said. "He is training completely normal.

"That is of course very important for us."

Pep Guardiola's runaway Premier League leaders will present a massive challenge for Klopp's men, as they seek to avenge a 5-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium back in September.

The Liverpool boss felt his team were playing well before Sadio Mane was sent off in that contest with the game scoreless.

"It is a big game, 100 per cent," said Klopp. "We played there a few months ago, probably one of the stranger games in my life.

"We were really good in the game. Slightly better side, slightly better chances, open game – both teams not fantastically defending but both on the front foot.

"Nice game and then we had a red card. That obviously changed the game and maybe for Man City the season."

Liverpool are 2/1 to end City's unbeaten run at Anfield. The visitors are 11/8 while the draw is 27/10.

Klopp says it is up to his players to show what they can do against the best team in the division.

"They are playing a fantastic season. Our season is not too bad but, in a game like this, you need to show that you can cause them problems, more problems than other teams can," he added.

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Klopp urges Reds to “step up”

Jurgen Klopp has challenged his Liverpool players to "step up" to fill the void left by the departure of star playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The 25-year-old Brazil international completed a move to the Camp Nou earlier this week, with the deal reported to be worth in excess of £140million.

Part of that fee had already been used by the Reds to secure the services of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and Klopp says the players currently at Anfield are more than capable of coping without Coutinho.

Ahead of a massive Premier League clash with runaway leaders Manchester City on Merseyside on Sunday, the German told reporters: "There was no other option. We tried everything to convince Phil to stay here.

"He left Liverpool for only one club – Barcelona – but the club was fighting. It was 100 per cent clear there was no chance I could use him in the second half of the season.

"We don't have to replace him, we have to step up. We have to make the best of it and it is easy because we have fantastic players here."

One of those players, Mohamed Salah, is set to return from a groin injury to face the Citizens, with the Reds' leading scorer having missed the last two games.

Meanwhile, Klopp was non-committal about whether Van Dijk would start against City, despite having enjoyed something of a dream debut in the 2-1 FA Cup third-round derby win over Everton.

Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are the other central defensive options at the disposal of Klopp.

Liverpool are available at 11/4 to earn a draw against City on Sunday, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 7/1, while the Reds are 1/3 to secure a top-four finish come the end of the season.

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Barca closing on Coutinho

Barcelona appear to be winning their battle to prize Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool, with various media outlets reporting a deal is close to being done.

The La Liga giants are said to be ready to sign a deal worth £145m to the Anfield club to bring the Brazilian playmaker to the Nou Camp.

Coutinho could potentially be in the Catalan capital as soon as Monday to undergo his medical.

The 25-year-old attacker has not travelled to Dubai with the rest of the Liverpool team on their warm-weather break because of a minor thigh injury. Coutinho has missed the club's past two games, including Friday's FA Cup third-round win against Everton at Anfield.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request in the summer once Barcelona had registered their interest but Liverpool refused to sell their player. Three bids were rejected, with the last of those offers worth £118m.

It seems as though the Merseyside club will now gain additional compensation for a player they signed from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013.

Liverpool are reluctant to allow Coutinho move mid-season, with next month's Champions League last-16 clash with Porto looming and a fight on their hands to secure a top-four finish in the league.

Should Coutinho make his move to Spain this month he won't be able to play for Barcelona in the Champions League this season, having played in the group stages for Liverpool already.

Coutinho has made 20 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season, scoring 12 goals.

Liverpool are 14/1 to win the Champions League this season, while Barcelona are 7/1 for European glory. Real Madrid are 8/1 to win a third consecutive  European crown.

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Salah knock a concern for Klopp

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp is hoping that an injury to leading scorer Mohamed Salah, sustained against Leicester City, proves not to be too serious.

The Egypt international forward, who has been in outstanding from since his £34million summer arrival from AS Roma, was forced late on in the 2-1 win over Leicester, having scored both Reds' goals against the Foxes.

The issue appeared to be a leg problem, with Klopp now waiting anxiously to discover the exact nature of the injury to Salah.

He told reporters: "We have to see what his problem was. We will see what he can do for the next game.

"I don't know in this moment exactly (what the problem is), but he was limping. That's never a good sign.

"We have to check it. We tried to make a change as quick as possible and of course that is not too good."

Salah has now netted 17 Premier League goals in 21 appearances for the Merseysiders, while also contributing six goals in eight outings in the Champions League.

The former Chelsea winger currently trails Tottenham's Harry Kane by one goal in the Premier League goalscoring charts and is available at 4/1 to finish the season as top scorer, with Kane priced at 1/2.

Liverpool, who could be without Salah, are back in action on New Year's Day when they make the short trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.

Last season this fixture ended in a 2-0 win for the Clarets, while this time around the visitors are 1/2 to claim victory and 11/10 to keep a clean sheet.

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