The Reds produced the result of the season in ending City’s dreams of an unbeaten league campaign—but the real work starts now.
Klopp’s side head to the Liberty Stadium needing to maximise the impact of that statement win and ensure none of the fine work is wasted by backing it up with a vital victory against the Swans.
Klopp will have full trust in his squad to avoid a classic case of after-the-Lord-Mayor’s-show in south Wales, and extend their superb 18-game unbeaten run.
And positively, a very strong group is available after some injury boosts, which gives Klopp a tough selection given the form displayed throughout the squad in recent months.
- Injury concerns for Klopp but certain key figures to recover in time to feature
- Big pre-match boost as Mohamed Salah is set to be fit and available
- Virgil van Dijk also back from hamstring issue and poised for league bow
- Ragnar Klavan & Dejan Lovren remain doubts
- Jordan Henderson & Alberto Moreno close to returns but Monday’s game too soon for both
- Klopp confirms Loris Karius will continue as No. 1
- Plenty of backup quality for Klopp to introduce to keep things fresh
Liverpool’s XI vs. The Swans
A welcome extended break to recharge after that monstrous effort against Pep Guardiola’s side means Liverpool should be able to go with the strongest possible lineup again.
Indeed, Klopp is extremely likely to keep changes to a minimum and the German’s selection seems relatively straightforward.
The excellent form of those in midfield and attack should see both units stay the same, while the solitary defensive switch decides itself after Van Dijk’s return to fitness.
The Dutchman will enter for his Reds league debut alongside Joel Matip, which would complete quite possibly Klopp’s strongest lineup—even taking absentees into consideration.
However, Klopp could make a small number of further changes to utilise the squad, keeping freshness in the team and all players ‘game ready’.
It’s vital the great work produced against City is not undone by a sloppy result against the bottom club, and the Reds must stay focussed to ensure another key three points arrives.