Swansea City vs Liverpool Preview

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Jurgen Klopp's side inflicted a first Premier League defeat of the season on runaway leaders Manchester City last Sunday to extend their unbeaten run to 18 games.

"If nobody told me how often we didn't lose, I'd have no idea about it". Eight days after dominating presumptive champions Manchester City, Liverpool weren't able to make the break against the worst team in the Premier League and drop all three points. It's not exactly how we wish to play but the circumstances of the moment, we need the win.

Swansea have picked up two wins in their last four games against the Reds, so the game could be a competitive one, especially considering Carvalhal's side haven't lost in their last three games.

Alfie Mawson struck the 40th-minute victor for bottom club Swansea, pouncing on a poor Van Dijk clearance from a corner that Liverpool's £75million record signing possibly should not have conceded. "Nobody told me that I have to think about money because we are always reasonable, we always try to do the right thing", he said, via the Liverpool Echo.

"They are bottom of the table but they are in a good way".

Swansea have seen a great deal of improvement in the very little time that Carvalhal has been with the club, with the Portuguese manager instilling a sense of hope back into the Liberty Stadium.

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"Of course Loris has to deliver, he knows that, but now he is the No.1", Klopp explained. "So I changed not my opinion, but I changed the situation now, that's all".

It was no surprise that Liverpool set up camp in the Swansea half, with the hosts content to soak up pressure and break on the counter-attack.

Mo Salah, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren are all doubts after suffering with illness during this past week.

Centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who joined the club at the beginning of the transfer window for a world-record £75 million fee for a defender, missed the City clash with a tight hamstring, but appears to be in line to return to the starting 11 on Monday. The two players were close friends, but Firmino hasn't let his departure affect him and he is now stepping up to be one of the most important players in this Liverpool team. "They have a good midfield, good defence, a good goalkeeper and good substitutes".

Klopp's side had plenty of chances to get on the scoreboard, Sadio Mane firing wide in first-half stoppage time and Mohamed Salah seeing his free-kick tipped over magnificently by the impressive Lukasz Fabianski.