This Saturday lunch-time, Jurgen Klopp’s high-flying Liverpool will travel to Wales, to play a troubled Swansea City outfit at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans have experienced a tough start to their Premier League, still trying to find their feet under their new permanent manager in charge – and certainly not helped by the uncertainty surrounding the manager whose performance is under more scrutiny with every poor result. Back to back defeats to Manchester City in the cup and the league, have been weirdly encouraging, in that the performance in the most recent game was definitely improved and would have produced a better result against a team of lesser quality. With only 4 points on board, Swansea need a win here to settle the nerves ahead of the second international break, but form suggests they will have to do very well to get anything out of Saturday’s clash against the Reds from Merseyside.
In contrast, the mood cannot be more bouncing at Liverpool, even the weather has been ‘good’ remarked their German manager reflecting their high spirits clearly uplifted by the results and more importantly their goals. Liverpool have scored the most number of goals in the top division since Klopp has taken charge of the Reds, and should be given due credit. It’s a difficult fixture nonetheless, not long ago, the visitors lost the corresponding fixture in May last season, and the German is seemingly wary of what the Welsh club could do, if things went their way. But after wins against Arsenal and Chelsea, and a five-star performance against Hull last week, it’s time they showed consistency ahead of the more difficult fixtures in October.
Swansea will monitor defender Federico Fernandez, who missed out on the defeat by City last weekend because of a minor groin problem. Winger Nathan Dyer remains out with an ankle injury.
Liverpool centre-back Lovren sat out the win against Hull with a virus but is now fit and could return in place of Ragnar Klavan. The Reds will assess Belgian striker Divock Origi, who is recovering from a minor foot injury.