Swansea host free-flowing Liverpool
Liverpool face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday for the hotly contested lunchtime game. Hotly contested because Swansea won this fixture 3-1 in May so naturally Liverpool will want revenge.
That game was a massive shock to the system. However, to be honest we were shocking. A similar scoreline this weekend would be a major surprise to everyone.
Although you could argue that Liverpool are a different entity this season so we shouldn’t experience a slip up.
Liverpool have been great to watch this season with the exception of the Burnley. Scoring 11 goals in their last 3 league games. They are in a rich vein of form, they know where the net is – expect goals.
A few ex Liverpool players and pundits are now taking notice of what Klopp is achieving this season. With Paul Scholes recently admitting Liverpool could win the title. Michael Owen was enjoying every moment of the conversation on BT Sport.
It’s too early to tell where Liverpool’s excellent early-season form may take them. If they play like they did against Chelsea it could prove to be a difficult afternoon for the Swans. Just ask Curtis Davies how he felt.
“That is not ill-discipline, it’s organised. They are a very tough team to deal with when they are on their game.”
What does Klopp say?
“We will be prepared for this game, we know about the quality of Swansea, we lost there last year after coming back from Villarreal.
“We had to make a lot of changes at Swansea last season. In that moment it was too much for us.
“Now we have no excuses. We have time to recover, time to prepare and time to analyse.”
Defeat end Guidolin’s reign?
“It could happen. Maybe. But if we win on Saturday for the period of the international break you don’t speak any more about my position.”
He later went on to say;
“But my position is not important, Swansea’s position is important, and we must get a result.”
Predicting our line up
I’m sure that Klopp would want us to continue with our ‘Full throttle, heavy metal, chaos inducing brand of football.’ This would probably mean keeping a similar team that successfully destroyed Hull.
Centre-back Dejan Lovren missed last weeks win against Hull with a virus but is now fit and could return in place of Ragnar Klavan. Hopefully to cement the no.1 partnership with Matip.
This would mean a spot on the bench for Sturridge again. Is he better than a place on the bench? Probably is. He’s a world class striker, however Klopp has admitted we need continuity.
Building up our confidence is so important. We need to keep the momentum going. Get some more points on the board an really stretch our legs.
Firmino leading the line
Keeping a similar team would also mean Firmino keeping his place leading the line. There has been a lot of press this week about how important Firmino is to us.
His movement, pressing, spotting opportunity and space. All vital for us to succeed.
It’s going to be a good game. I honestly can’t see anything other than a Liverpool win. I can’t see us winning as comfortably as last weekend. However with all the week preparing Klopp will have fine tuned his starting eleven.
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