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.

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Swansea City 1-0 Liverpool

An Alfie Mawson goal and a magnificent rearguard action gave bottom club Swansea a sensational win over high-flying Liverpool.

Having beaten Manchester City last week, betting tips almost universally backed Jurgen Klopp’s swashbucklers to put Swansea to the sword. However, a crushing anticlimax for the Reds was anything but for the battling Swans.

Carlos Carvalhal set his team up brilliantly to defend a lead, and while Roberto Firmino almost grabbed a last-gasp equaliser, it was the Swans’ night. More than a few football bets went by the wayside, though that won’t worry Carlos and his heroic team.

In a first half of few chances, neither keeper was called on until the 33rd minute when Lukasz Fabianski saved an effort from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. But then the surprise breakthrough came seven minutes later, from an unlikely source. When Virgil van Dijk failed to fully clear the ball, it eventually fell to centre-back Alfie Mawson who gleefully arrowed it into the bottom corner beyond the despairing dive of Loris Karius.

Sadio Mane had a wonderful chance to level on the stroke of half-time but volleyed his effort just wide.

Early in the second half, Mo Salah skewed his shot when given too much space by the Swansea defence. He then tested Fabianski on the hour with a dipping free-kick.

As time went on, Liverpool began to shoot from distance while the home defence stood firm. But when the fourth official indicated four minutes of added time, a shudder went around the stadium and hearts fluttered as the ball bounced around the Swansea penalty area. And then in the dying seconds, Roberto Firmino crashed the upright with a point-blank header.

Swansea can believe again, the win drags them to within three points of 17th place; and for Liverpool…it’s the same old story.

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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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Which ‘Lucky S’ will Get the Football Betting Cheer?

So the January Window is in full swing in the Premier League, as the chasing pack squabbles for players to try to keep their seasons’ on track.

Today’s headlines speculate that the Sanchez/Mkhitaryan swap between Manchester United and Arsenal is imminent, with neither likely to feature in this weekend’s football games, while I understand Chelsea may be interested in taking West Ham’s battering ram Andy Carroll.

But for this week’s Asian Handicap Betting picks, I’m focussing on matters on the pitch, at the muddy end where the relegation scrap rages. And it seems you’re more likely to be in trouble if your team name begins with the letter ‘S’!

Stoke City vs Huddersfield Town (January 20, 23:00 GMT+8)

Paul Lambert is the latest surprise appointment for the panicking clubs, replacing the relatively more successful Mark Hughes. Lambert has inherited a squad well capable of survival, though. Xherdan Shaqiri and Joe Allen are, at least, mid-table players and in Jack Butland, they have a keeper rated as an England World Cup prospect. I just sense the Terriers may be running out of steam and Stoke could profit.
So my opening 🌟🌟 bet, at odds of 2.09, is a much needed home win.

Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur (January 22, 00:00 GMT+8)

If the Potters do the business then it’s likely Southampton could be the side to replace them in the bottom three. Without a win in ten league games and missing star striker Charlie Austin, it’s all looking a little gloomy at St Marys. How they would love to have a Harry Kane. The Spurs striker is homing in on 100 Premier league goals and a brace on Sunday would do it. The fact that he’s scored five times in six games against Saints, it’s not far-fetched.
I bet Harry gets at least one, and I’m backing a game of over 2.5 goals, a 🌟🌟 bet at 1.88.

Swansea City vs Liverpool (January 23, 04:00 GMT+8)

The other ‘S’ looks the likeliest to sink the fastest and the rock bottom Swans have a nightmare fixture as Jurgen Klopp’s marauding Reds prepare to invade South Wales. Loan signings Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham haven’t paid off, and new coach Carlos Carvalhal needs to find some impetus quickly. That may prove tricky against the conquerors of Manchester City though!
I expect Liverpool to be ahead at half time at odds of 1.80, which is my 🌟🌟🌟 bet.

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Firmino eyes Reds progress

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says he is constantly striving to improve and says he will do all he can to try and be successful on Merseyside.

The Brazil international is enjoying a fine campaign with the Reds and hit his 17th goal in all competitions in the 4-3 victory over leaders Manchester City.

The former Hoffenheim man has been praised for his hard work up front and has made himself a valuable member of Jurgen Klopp's side at Anfield.

Firmino says his desire to be the best he can drives him on and the 26-year-old is determined to continue to improve.

"When I miss a chance or I misplace a pass, I always feel that I could've done better," he told the club's website.

"But I work on the basis that I'm never satisfied; I always want to do better and the feeling that I'm never satisfied is my way of motivating myself to be the best I can be.

"It's never perfect. I always want to work hard and prepare the best for each game. And each goal that comes, that’s a consequence of the preparation we put in to it."

Liverpool are 66/1 to win the Premier League, while frontrunners Manchester City are 1/80 to take the title.

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Will I Bet Online on a Big City Wobble? Not Just Yet!

Liverpool struck a mighty blow for the chasing pack with a 4-3 win over Manchester City last week, but now they need a few more teams to take up the challenge.

Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea fans are clinging on to the hope that winning the league is still just about on, and there are great odds available for online betting players willing to back any of them. But one win, one draw and yes, a defeat, in the last three football games do not represent a crisis; and I fully expect Pep Guardiola’s City to get back to winning ways this weekend.

WEEK 24 SATURDAY:

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea

Chelsea are 15 points off the pace, and maybe hanging on to a top four place. Winning a trophy will be enough for Antonio Conte. The Blues have drawn four on the bounce, in all competitions, and will face another battle against Brighton, fighting for their life in 16th.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

The Gunners don’t look like they could fight their way out of a paper bag at the moment, and look like losing their best players in this transfer window. So I won’t bet against the resurgent Eagles, up to 12th after back-to-back wins, from giving Arsene Wenger another headache.

Leicester City vs Watford FC

Outside the top six, the Foxes are in the race to be ‘best of the rest’ and were impressive in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last time out. Watford, on the other hand, have fallen away somewhat with just four points to show for the last six games, and are just six above the drop zone.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion

Sam Allardyce has got the Toffees motoring and, true to form, looks like splashing the cash this window, possibly bringing in Theo Walcott among others. But they’ve lost the last three league games, while the Baggies grabbed their first win since August to climb back into the pack.

West Ham United vs Bournemouth

The Hammers and Cherries are pulling nicely away from danger, each with eight points from the last four games, and both teams have goals in them, with 14 ‘over 2.5 goal’ matches from 23. David Moyes and Eddie Howe have different styles for sure but they’re certainly working at the moment.

Stoke City vs Huddersfield Town

New Stoke boss Paul Lambert said he didn’t mind being the Potter’s 15th choice for the job, but I bet he’s glad his first game in charge is at home to Huddersfield. Stoke have slid into the drop zone after three defeats but a win on Saturday will take them to within a point of the free-falling Terriers.

WEEK 24 SUNDAY:

Manchester City vs Newcastle United

The Sky Blues are still a massive 12 clear at the top, and aside from the defeat in last week’s match of the season, the only points they’ve dropped since August were in a draw against a vastly improved Crystal Palace. So I think they’ll give Newcastle a hiding. But the Geordies are unbeaten in three, and if they somehow extend that to four then maybe it is time for City fans to start wobbling.

WEEK 24 MONDAY:

Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur

There’s always one team ‘too good to go down’ which eventually perishes, and Saints fans will hope it’s not them as they sit a single point outside the bottom three. Scoring is often a problem an for the Saints, they are just three more than Harry Kane alone this season. However, for all Harry’s goals, Spurs are currently outside the top four.

WEEK 24 TUESDAY:

Swansea City vs Liverpool

So Jurgen Klopp’s heroes did what no-one else could in beating Manchester City and they’ll want to build on that to ensure a successful finish to the season. The Reds are on fire, with five consecutive wins in all competitions, and they should have more fun at the expense of the rock bottom Swans.

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Mignolet considers his options

Belgium international Simon Mignolet may look to leave Liverpool this month after growing frustrated with Jurgen Klopp's selection policy.

Klopp opted to start with Loris Karius as his goalkeeper for Sunday's thrilling 4-3 victory against Manchester City at Anfield.

Karius' previous appearances this season had been primarily in the Champions League, so Mignolet cannot understand why he did not start the FA Cup tie with Everton earlier this month or the victory against Pep Guardiola's table-topping side.

"After all that has happened this season, I know where I am at and the situation has become clearer," the former Sunderland shot-stopper said.

"Klopp told me honestly and personally in that conversation. Of course, I am absolutely not satisfied with that, but I must always respect a decision of the coach. After all that has happened this season, I know where I am and the situation has become clearer.

"I always try to stay quiet and calm. In the past I did come back stronger from such situations. But I must of course also think of my own future. The only thing I can do is focus on my training and do my best. I become 30 years old and the World Cup is coming this summer.

"This situation cannot take too long, which is clear. I cannot lose any more time."

Liverpool are 14/1 to win the Champions League this season and 11/2 to triumph in the FA Cup. Meanwhile, Belgium can be backed at 12/1 to win this summer's World Cup.

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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