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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Hughton rues harsh decisions

Brighton boss Chris Hughton thought the final scoreline did not reflect his side's efforts after they had been beaten 4-0 by Chelsea.

The Seagulls manager also believed that his team should have been awarded two first-half penalties after Ezequiel Schelotto had been upended by Willy Caballero and then Tiemoue Bakayoko but both appeals were turned down by referee Jon Moss.

Chelsea never looked back after scoring twice in the first six minutes to leave Brighton at 13/8 to be relegated this term.

Hughton said afterwards: "It was a very difficult afternoon for us. The biggest disappointment is that 4-0 was not a true reflection of the game.

"We did come on to a bit of a game after going 2-0 down and we had decent opportunities, but we are finding it difficult to find the goals we need.

"I thought they were two (penalties that could have been given). We see them briefly afterwards, but when you are Brighton playing at home to Chelsea you need as many things to go for you as possible.

"The second I didn't see well but the first one I thought it was a penalty. I thought we responded well but then we conceded two poor goals – and that made the scoreline not a reflection of the game."

Brighton are 19/4 to beat Southampton on 31st January.

Hornets decide to sack Silva

Marco Silva has been axed by Watford in the wake of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Leicester City, a result which meant they had picked up five points in their last 11 top-flight matches.

The Hornets appointed Silva in the summer after he had failed to keep Hull City in the Premier League.

A statement on the club's official website read: "This has been a difficult decision and one not taken lightly. The club is convinced the appointment of Silva was the right one and had it not been for the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival for his services we would have continued to prosper under his leadership.

"The catalyst for this decision is that unwarranted approach, something which the board believes has seen a significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised.

"For the security and success of the football club, the board believes it has to make a change.

"The club will seek to make a swift appointment and there will be no further comment until that appointment has been made."

The Hornets are 8/1 to be relegated this season even though they are currently 10th in the table.

Silva was linked with the managerial position at Everton before Sam Allardyce was appointed and Watford's poor run started at that time.

Watford are 9/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season.

Benitez eyes four new arrivals

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed that he hopes to sign "three or four players" in the January transfer window.

The Magpies are 9/4 to be relegated after losing 3-1 at Manchester City on Saturday and Benitez knows that his squad needs strengthening if they are to have any chance of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.

Sergio Aguero grabbed a hat-trick for Pep Guardiola's side in Saturday's match, while Jacob Murphy scored Newcastle's goal with a chipped finish over Ederson that made the score at the time 2-1.

Benitez said after the game: "We have been working on our targets in the transfer window. It's not an issue because if we have three or four names – and the club has the names – it's just to be sure we go through, we sign the players.

"In terms of the transfer window, we have targets, we have names and we are trying to progress.

"I am obviously not happy because we have lost, but I was expecting something like that – the players working very hard against a very good team. I thought the team work and the spirit was positive."

Newcastle can be backed at 66/1 to win the FA Cup this season and at 7/1 to beat Chelsea in the fourth round of the competition next Sunday.

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.

Wagner happy with Terriers squad

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner says he is happy with the strength of his squad and is unlikely to make any more signing in January.

With just under two weeks of the transfer window remaining Wagner says he may have already concluded his business.

He has brought two players into the squad, Terence Kongolo on loan from AS Monaco while Alex Pritchard arrived from Norwich City last week.

With Town travelling to Stoke City at the weekend, the two new signings and the rest of the squad will be bolstered by the return from injury of some key players; Michael Hefele, Jon Gorenc Stankovic and Philip Billing.

Their impending return convinces Wagner that he has the players necessary to withstand the rigours of the rest of the season.

He told a press conference ahead of the trip to the Potteries: "We had 22 players in training yesterday – if everyone stays healthy after Sunday we will have 23.

"It's great to have this at the moment and this competition. Everyone has the opportunity to show what they're capable of.

"I am not in the market even if I have my eye on the market. We have done what we wanted to do."

Stoke, in the bottom three, can move to within a point of the Terriers with a win and Paul Lambert's side are 1/1 for the three points with Huddersfield 3/1 and the draw priced at 11/5.

Wagner's side have not won in the Premier League since beating Watford before Christmas and, while in mid-table, they are only four points above the bottom three in a congested bottom half of the Premier League table.

The Terriers are 7/4 to be relegated back to the Championship at the end of the season.

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Pardew reports no Evans bids

West Brom boss Alan Pardew says that there have been no bids so far for Jonny Evans during the January transfer window.

With about two weeks of the transfer window remaining, there have been reports of Arsenal and Manchester City both being interested in the Northern Irish international.

Albion travel to Everton on Saturday as they seek a win that could move them out of the bottom three and Pardew hopes that Evans will still be part of the squad.

He told a press conference ahead of the trip to Goodison Park: "From my point of view there is no bid so there's nothing to discuss.

“On the other hand, we have scenarios that are going to time out if we don't get a bid for Jonny that's acceptable for him and us.

"We haven't had a phone call from another football club and that's where it stands.

"In terms of our plans to use that money if it was to come in the door, that time is ticking away and that concerns me a little bit more."

West Brom are 14/5 to win away on Saturday with Everton 6/5 and the draw priced at 19/10.

Evans was influential in West Brom's win over Brighton last weekend, scoring the first goal as they recorded their first win under Pardew.

Pardew also praised Evans saying that the speculation had not affected him but emphasised again that he wanted Evans to remain at the Hawthorns and that he wouldn't consider late bids for the defender as that would limit his chances of bringing a replacement into the club.

West Brom are 7/10 to stay up this season.

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Hodgson wants four signings

Roy Hodgson has said that he wants four new signings to bolster his Crystal Palace squad before the transfer window shuts.

With about two weeks of the January transfer window remaining, Hodgson prepares for the task of securing new signings from a position of strength.

Having arrived at Selhurst Park with the team bottom of the Premier League without a point or even a goal after their first seven games, the former England boss has seen the team revive their fortunes in style.

The Eagles are now 12th in the Premier League table, five points clear of the bottom three and within sight of the top half.

Having won successive league games, against Southampton and Burnley, Palace face Arsenal away on Saturday and Hodgson says that his plans for activity this month were discussed as soon as he arrived at club.

At a press conference ahead of the match against the Gunners, he said: "Our realistic thoughts after I'd been in the club two or three weeks was four, to make the squad as balanced and well-covered as it could be.

"I don't think it's unrealistic to think if we could get more than four players, it would be good for us, if we don't get the four players then our squad is going to be short of numbers apart from anything else."

Hodgson said that injuries to the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have increased the need to bring new players in during this window.

Palace are 19/4 to win at the Emirates on Saturday and increase the pressure on Arsene Wenger whose side are 1/2 with the draw 7/2. 

Palace are 2/1 to end the season in the top half of the table.

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Upbeat Pardew hopes to add

Manager Alan Pardew is eager to add to his West Brom squad this month, having finally seen the Baggies end their lengthy Premier League winless run.

A 2-0 Hawthorns victory over Brighton lifted the gloom which had been surrounding Albion for several months, with their previous league win having come way back in mid-August at Burnley.

And Pardew hopes to be able to do some deals before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month, while confirming that he can only buy if players are allowed to leave his club.

He told Sky Sports: "I'd like to bring in a few fresh faces. I've got no money to spend so, it means I've got to move somebody on.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens, because we'll have to move somebody out if there's a bid."

Meanwhile, Pardew was full of praise for his players, after two set-piece strikes proved enough to down the Seagulls and move Albion to within two points of safety.

He added on the club's official website: "That's how we've got to play and that's the confidence I expect. We passed it well at times, we created chance after chance and we could have had three or four.

"Obviously a new manager comes in and the set-plays start falling away, so I changed them and we worked hard on them and we got our reward.

"We've got good, aggressive players at set-plays and that's going to be massively important going forward. The promise we've shown was delivered and that was great."

Albion are now priced at 6/5 to be relegated this season, while they are 4/6 to beat the drop and are available at 80/1 to win the FA Cup.

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