Liverpool's win over City feels like six months ago for Klopp
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jan 23, 2018,
Jan 23, 2018, 16:04
He acknowledged that Liverpool "spoke about it before" about the amount of challenges that they would face "playing against top of the table then bottom of the table". Long balls into the box will help keep Carvalhal's attackers on the front foot, and will ensure that Karius will be kept busy for the entire 90 minutes. At that point, it looked like only a matter of time before Liverpool took the lead, but Swansea grew into the game.
But Carvalhal has overseen a marked improvement since succeeding Paul Clement last month, with Swansea losing only one of his five games in charge.
"Like a Formula 1 auto", Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal said after the win.
Having put five past Southampton on Boxing Day many expected Tottenham to breeze past the struggling Saints on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp's side, fresh off the back of a momentous victory over league leaders Manchester City, could leapfrog Chelsea into third place with a comfortable win over the Swans, and it's look they will be able to call upon the services of Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian recovered from an illness.
It is a win which has taken his side level on 20 points with second-bottom West Bromwich Albion and three off the safety zone.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk could make his first Premier League start for the club after shrugging off a hamstring strain.
Alfie Mawson's 40th-minute goal was enough to earn the Welsh club a crucial three points in their Premier League survival battle, but a misfiring Liverpool side angered Klopp. Time will tell however just how smart or risky this move turns out to be (i.e. some players are clamoring for better contracts in light of Alexis's near half-million (before taxes) weekly paycheck).
The defeat also brought an end to Liverpool's 18-game unbeaten run which has stretched back to October 2017.
But Carvalhal and Swansea had other ideas.
The addition of Kroos, who has contributed two goals and three assists in 16 La Liga appearances this season, to Liverpool's midfield who make the Reds an even more fearsome side.
"It's why, especially in the first half, there were some moments where it was nearer the goal". Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows all too well the reputation that surrounds his team- phenomenal against the big boys but bad against the bottom feeders.
"I'm not just confident of that - I know it".
The Reds kept the pressurising the Swans in the final minutes but they were unlucky in the dying minutes of stoppage time to see Roberto Firmino's header hit the upright.