Swansea stun Liverpool 1-0 to dent Merseysiders top four hopes

Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson celebrates scoring at the Liberty Stadium

Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson celebrates scoring at the Liberty Stadium

With Naby Keita already scheduled to come in from RB Leipzig in the summer, the Reds boss is prepared to wait for the key signings he wants rather than bring in less-suitable players to fill gaps - highlighted by the patience he was prepared to show to get Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

The plain fact is that Jurgen Klopp's team lost because they were wasteful with the ball.

Emre Can wears the captain's armband.

Swansea City: Bony, Narsingh, Nordfeldt, Carroll, Bartley, Roque, McBurnie. Subs not used: Milner, Klavan, Mignolet, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.

SWANSEA: Fabianski, Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Dyer (Carroll 64), Fer, Ki Sung-yueng, Clucas, Ayew (Bony 79).

Liverpool Likely XI: Karius, Gomez, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Team news less than 10 minutes away. With the front three of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane all getting caught up in the Swansea traffic, just as Carlos Carvalhal planned, the Reds were crying out for creativity from deep. He has been known to rotate this season.

"I didn't expect tonight that we play our best football, but of course you have to do the right things in the right moment to deserve to win a game like this tonight".

Will such a monstrous transfer convince Klopp to delve in the market once again?

"We had the fortune to score a goal".

A late swipe at the ball from Liverpool captain Emre Can went harmlessly over the bar, and a shot from Salah flashed wide to sum up his evening.

Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno are pushing for returns but are unlikely to make the starting XI, whilst Nathaniel Clyne and Jordan Henderson remain out.

Following their victory over the formerly invincible league leaders Manchester City, Liverpool travel to Swansea on Monday night aiming to make it 15 games undefeated.

The talented forward developed at the Anfield youth academy and earned his first-team place under manager Brendan Rodgers. How can they deliver always at a good level?

Klopp recently took his players to Dubai for a short break, a luxury the fixture list only allowed him because they'd gone out of the Carabao Cup early. "We wanted to do it differently, but it didn't work out", the German told Sky Sports.

Alfie Mawson struck the victor five minutes before half-time and secured a vital three points when his block denied Adam Lallana a certain goal after Roberto Firmino had struck the post in stoppage-time.

Liverpool thumped Swansea 5-0 on Boxing Day... and the Merseyside giants are showing no signs of slowing down.

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