Klopp 'angry' as Liverpool fall to defeat at Swansea
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jan 23, 2018,
Jan 23, 2018, 1:33
For all their attacking capabilities, Swansea will rightly take a more defensive approach towards this encounter, as frustrating Liverpool in the hopes of earning a point or even more than that should be their main focus. "Mo and Raggy are on the good side of it already, but with Dejan we are not 100 per cent sure [if he will be back today]".
"They step up, they deliver, they improve".
Swansea City (4-5-14) find themselves at the bottom of the table on 17 points, but are 1-2-0 in their last three over all competitions and beat Championship side Wolverhampton 2-1 in a FA Cup replay this week. But with Alexis Sanchez on the verge of arriving at Old Trafford, Martial, who scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Burnley, has chosen the ideal time to hit a purple patch, scoring three goals in his past three Premier League games to press his claim for a first-team starting berth. Emre Can skippered the visitors.
Swansea suddenly clicked into gear in the minutes before the break when they successfully upped the tempo.
Can's long ball to Sadio Mane almost created the opening goal but Lukasz Fabianski came to smother and save the blushes of Federico Fernandez.
Salah then put the ball on a plate for Mane with the last move of the half, but the striker volleyed wide from a tight angle. Given the time and space afforded to the free-scoring Egyptian, it was a surprise he did not at least test Fabianski. The venue of the match is at the Liberty Stadium.
The goal wasn't pretty - Mawson's finish was excellent, but he was left unmarked in the box following van Dijk's header - but it was just reward for a disciplined performance from the league's last-place side.
"It makes no real sense if he comes in and makes a mistake in his first game". The start of the second period followed a similar theme to the opening 45 minutes.
Klopp explained that, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum to call upon, he does not feel short in the midfield department despite losing a player of Coutinho's quality and influence.
Carvalhal's men did, admittedly, ride their luck.
Salah curled wide and Kyle Naughton produced a last-gasp tackle on Robertson with the full-back appearing to have the goal at his mercy.
Ian Wright believes Liverpool FC will be in with a chance of title glory if Jurgen Klopp signs a goalkeeper and another centre-half.
Swansea's home crowd were certainly of that opinion as they voiced their support for their team.