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.

Poch ready for top-four battle

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says his side need to improve their play, ahead of a potentially crucial run of Premier League games.

Spurs had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday, a result which could leave them five points adrift of the top four if Liverpool win at Swansea City on Monday evening.

And things will not get any easier for the Londoners in the next few weeks, as their next three league games see them face Manchester united, Liverpool and Arsenal.

That tough treble is already on the mind of Pochettino, who has urged his squad to give their all to try and be in top form for the tasks ahead.

He told reporters: "Of course these games will be important for us. It is important if we are going to take points and win games.

"It's true that we're going to fight, if not, it will be difficult. That's the idea, try to win games and be consistent. At the end, we have the possibility to fight for the top four."

Spurs are priced at 15/8 to finish in the top four in the Premier League this season, with Liverpool available at 1/6 and Arsenal 6/1.

Meanwhile, Pochettino played down the effect of flu, which saw the likes of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and playmaker Christian Eriksen sit out the clash with the Saints on Sunday.

He added: "A few players were affected last week, but it's not an excuse, our performance wasn't the best.

"We need to be focused on improving. We must do better, play better. If we want to be in the top four, we need to improve our level."

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Pochettino laments wasteful Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino felt his side were guilty of not using the ball well enough in their 1-1 draw with his former club Southampton at St Mary's.

The hosts took a deserved early lead as Spurs central defender Davinson Sanchez diverted Ryan Bertrand's low cross into his own net.

It was to prove short lived however as Harry Kane took advantage of some static marking from a corner less than three minutes later to nod home his 99th Premier League goal.

Jack Stephens could have put the home side ahead again before half-time, while sub Erik Lamela went close late in the second period for Tottenham before Kane dragged a shot wide from ten-yards with the final scoring chance.

Pochettino felt the points dropped were down to Spurs own doing.

"We needed to move the ball quicker and create more," he said. "The result is the result because football punishes us for not using the ball.

"The game was even, we had more possession but we needed to be more aggressive and create more chances, the performance wasn't great but the pitch didn't help.

"You must give credit to the opponent, but I am not happy with our performance."

Spurs are 23/20 to win their next Premier League game at home to Man United, while they are 15/8 to finish in the top four this season.

Southampton remain in the bottom three despite collecting a point and are 9/2 to be relegated this season. His former club are winless in their past 11 Premier League game but Pochettino doesn't feel they are relegation candidates.

"It is temporary that Southampton are in the relegation zone, for sure they will push up the table. It is two points we are going to miss at the end of the season because it is so tough between six or seven teams," he added.

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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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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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Wenger admits Sanchez leaving

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accepted that Alexis Sanchez will be leaving the club this month with both Manchester clubs still interested.

The Chilean almost joined Manchester City in the summer with a deal falling through on deadline day.

However, with United now having joined the chase he looks to have played his last game for Arsenal, having been left out of the Gunners side who lost at Bournemouth.

Before that game Wenger addressed the fact that Sanchez was missing from the team. When asked if a move was imminent he replied: "Yes. Don't read too much in it because even I don't know which way it will go.

"He's being vague at the moment. The situation is not completely decided one way or the other, so I left him at home."

To make matters worse for Wenger, his side lost 2-1 at Bournemouth; the Cherries first ever win over Arsenal.

Hector Bellerin gave Arsenal the lead early in the second half but two goals in four minutes, from Callum Wilson and Jordan Ibe turned the game around and, though the visitors poured forward in search of an equaliser, they were lacking the invention often provided by Sanchez.

The result means that Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table, five points off a top four place. It was also their second defeat in the space of a week after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest last weekend.

They are still in the EFL Cup having drawn with Chelsea in the semi-finals first leg and they are 4/1 to win the trophy at Wembley next month.

Arsenal are back in Premier League action next weekend, at home to Crystal Palace and, without a win in five matches, they are 4/9 to put that right against Roy Hodgson's improving side. The Eagles are 5/1 with the draw priced at 15/4.

Eddie Howe's side now have a four-point gap on the bottom three following this vital win and they are up to 13th in the table.

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Poch: Kane deserves his records

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been back to break all Premier League goalscoring records, having netted twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Everton at Wembley.

England star Kane took his top-flight tally to 98 with his double, moving him one past the Spurs Premier League record previously held by Teddy Sheringham.

And head coach Mauricio Pochettino expect there to be plenty more to come from Kane in the coming years, with the all-time Spurs league scoring record held by the legendary Jimmy Greaves on 220.

He told BT Sport: "Harry Kane is such a talented player, so professional and I am very happy. He deserves all the credit and a lot of praise.

"In this way he will break all the records in the Premier League. The good thing is Jimmy Greaves' record is far (away), so not every week he is going to break something."

Meanwhile, Pochettino was also delighted with the overall performance of his side, who have re-energised their season by taking 16 points from a possible 18 in their last six league games.

He added to BBC Sport: "It was a massive performance, fantastic. I am so pleased and congratulations to our players because the effort was fantastic.

"The three points are important because the top four is so tough. The performance was very good, the players showed great character and I don't think we conceded a shot on target."

Tottenham, currently fifth in the table, are available at 1/1 to finish in the top four, with Liverpool priced at 4/11 and Arsenal 11/4.

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Allardyce confirms Walcott interest

Sam Allardyce has revealed that he is aiming to bring Arsenal's Theo Walcott to Everton before this month's transfer window closes.

The 28-year-old has spent more than 12 years with the Gunners but has slipped out of the first-team picture this season and failed to impress last weekend when making a rare appearance in the 4-2 FA Cup third-round loss at Nottingham Forest.

Allardyce has already signed striker Cenk Tosun from Besitkas for £27million this month but has sold Ross Barkley to Chelsea.

The Toffees boss said Walcott, who is also being linked with a return to Southampton, would be a "fantastic addition", who would offer a "goalscoring threat".

He added: "I don't think there's a chance of a loan. It's not imminent but negotiations are going on.

"I don't get optimistic otherwise I get disappointed. I'll be very excited and enthused when someone, even if it's not Theo, has signed on the dotted line.

"He's scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions. His pace is a key strength which we lack. To add goals would be very important for me and he's only 28."

Walcott has scored 108 goals in 395 games for Arsene Wenger's side but has only made five brief substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.

Everton play Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday evening and can be backed at 12/1 to win the match while Tosun is 9/2 to score at any time.

Allardyce's side are 4/11 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season while Spurs are 5/4 to seal a top-four spot.

Wilshere plays down injury fears

Jack Wilshere has suggested that he may have recovered from an ankle injury in time to feature for Arsenal at Bournemouth on Sunday.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had said after the 0-0 draw against Chelsea in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday that Wilshere would not be able to play against the Cherries because of the ankle sprain that forced the midfielder to be substituted at Stamford Bridge.

However, the 26-year-old, who has made 11 Premier League appearances this season, said on Twitter: "Thanks for all the messages and support after Wednesday night. Good news is I should be back in a couple of days."

Meanwhile, Francis Coquelin has admitted that he should have left Arsenal earlier after completing his £12million transfer to Valencia.

The French midfielder has only started one Premier League game for Wenger's team this season, and said: "It's true that there was interest in the summer but in my head I wanted to continue at Arsenal and do well there.

"It wasn't to be and now this opportunity has come up.

"I almost regret not having come before. I think it's an excellent opportunity for me and I'm very grateful. It's a big challenge, and a new start in my life for me, which I'm very excited about."

Arsenal, 11/4 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, are 3/4 to beat Bournemouth on Sunday and 7/1 to win the match from behind.