[Monday-9:00pm] Swansea V Liverpool: Match Preview

Liverpool face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Monday evening looking to continue their excellent form after beating league leaders Manchester City last weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are on a run of 18 games unbeaten in all competitions, and look to make it 19 in Wales on Monday.

The Reds were terrific against Manchester City last Sunday and became the first English team to beat Pep Guardiola’s side in all competitions this season.

The 4-3 win extended Liverpool’s longest unbeaten run under Jurgen Klopp and was a good way to react following the departure of Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona during the week.

Liverpool’s summer signing Mohamed Salah has scored more goals in the Premier League so far this season (18), than Swansea who have only managed 14 goals as a team in the league this season.

The two sides met at Anfield on Boxing Day with the Reds coming away victorious. A brace from Bobby Firmino and goals by Phillipe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold saw LFC win 5-0.

The home side are currently bottom of the league however, they have only lost once in 5 games in all competitions since their Portuguese manager, Carlos Carvalhal was appointed on the 28thDecember.

Liverpool are boosted with the news that record signing Virgil Van Dijk is fit again and expected to be in the XI on Monday night. Andrew Robertson has been on terrific form and is expected to keep his spot at Left-back despite the return of Alberto Moreno from an ankle injury.

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Klopp confirmed after the City win that Loris Karius is his new number 1 and told the press on Friday that the German will keep his place on Monday evening.

Captain Jordan Henderson returned to training this week after injuring his hamstring against Arsenal but is unlikely to be ready until next weekend’s FA Cup fourth round clash against West Brom.

Renato Sanches and Angel Rangel could play some part in the match for the Swans after returning from injury. Tammy Abraham faces a late fitness test to see if he is fit enough following a hip injury.

Last time Liverpool travelled to Swansea the Reds scraped past the Swans as a late James Milner penalty saw Liverpool claim all three points. Leroy Fer put the Welsh side ahead from close range after Liverpool failed to clear a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner in the 8th minute.

Roberto Firmino headed in an equaliser after the break to make it 1-1. The game was won in the 84thminute after Angel Rangel clumsily fouled Roberto Firmino in the area, there was no hesitation from referee Michael Oliver who gave the penalty that was converted by Milner who sent Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way.

Neil Swarbrick takes charge of this game in Matchday 24 of the Premier League season. The Lancashire born official is yet to show a red card in the Premier League this season and has never sent off a Liverpool player having refereed us 12 times in the past.

Swarbrick last refereed the Reds during the 2-1 win against Leicester at Anfield in Liverpool’s last game of 2017.

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Liverpool will be hoping to take the 3 points home from Wales as Liverpool look to finish in the top 4 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2007-2009.

AnfieldHq Reports.

 

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