Klopp wants Liverpool to do more than preserve unbeaten run

Ruben Hill
January 23, 2018

Swansea City defender Federico Fernandez may have enjoyed the winning goal in his side's 1-0 victory over Liverpool with too much vigour after suffering a suspected broken nose when celebrating Alfie Mawson's 40th-minute strike at the Liberty Stadium on Monday (Tuesday NZT).

Liverpool upped the tempo in the second half, dominating possession and attacking from all angles, and Roberto Firmino saw his late header come back off the post, but Swansea managed to hold on for only their fifth league win of the season. I see the boys training every day and it looks good, that's the truth, that's why we can play like we played so far.

"We didn't keep the right positions that we wanted to do to cause them problems".

"That game was a little odd because the team conceded two or three goals with the same mistakes they've been doing before", the Portuguese said.

Swansea stayed in last place but are tied on 20 points with West Bromwich Albion, three off safety.

"Then obviously we gave them the opportunity to score, a second ball after the set-piece when we defended the first set-piece already and then we gave the opportunity to have another one and they scored from that".

Liverpool piled on the pressure in the closing stages but Can and Salah wasted stoppage-time opportunities before Firmino nearly broke Swansea hearts.

Virgil van Dijk's Premier League debut ended in a sobering defeat for the Dutchman who was meant to solve his club's defensive frailties.

We're nearly into the final week of the January transfer window and it is, as Sir Alex once said, "squeaky-bum time". I am a human being, not just a professional manager.

The German admitted that he reacted to comments made to him by the fan near the dugout after his side's 18-game unbeaten run came to an end in Wales. "Swansea knows to win this game today they needed our help and unfortunately we helped them". We are here to win the game, and that's why the performance in the first half was not even close to what we wanted to do.

After the final whistle, the new Swans boss elaborated on the analogy he used this week when explaining how his team needed to play to beat Liverpool.

"But I must be realistic of the point where we are in this moment and the things we are doing to progress the team".

Despite Swansea putting Liverpool in traffic, they were still able to shunt a few London buses to one side and clear a path to goal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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