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    Swansea City vs Liverpool Match Preview

    Liverpool will be looking to win for a sixth successive game for the first time under Jurgen Klopp when they travel to Wales on Monday night to play bottom-club Swansea City.

    The Reds recorded an emphatic 5-0 victory when the two sides met 27 days ago, with the match coming two days before Carlos Carvalhal was appointed as The Swans' manager on a contract until the end of the season.

    Performances and results have improved since the Portuguese became the club's seventh permanent boss since promotion to the Premier League in 2011 but they face an uphill ask on Monday against one of Europe's most in-form teams.

    Swansea City

    Swansea have had a mini-renaissance in recent weeks since Carlos Carvalhal replaced Paul Clement as manager, with the club enjoying a run of just one defeat from five matches in all competitions.

    The former Sheffield Wednesday boss enjoyed a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Watford in his opening match, while they fought gallantly three days later before Dele Alli sealed a 2-0 win for Tottenham in the 89th-minute.

    The Swans, who came close to beating Newcastle United last weekend before having to settle for a 1-1 draw, also remain in the FA Cup following a 2-1 triumph over Championship leaders Wolves, which was decided via a replay.

    Carvahal faces his biggest test on Monday night, however, when the Premier League's bottom-club entertain Liverpool, who are undefeated in 18 matches in all competitions and have scored 55 goals in the process.

    Swansea have only beaten Liverpool twice in their previous 12 meetings and still harbour memories of a 5-0 defeat at Anfield on Boxing Day, when four second-half goals steered what had been an even contest in the home side's favour.

    The Welsh team have been short of firepower in the attacking third of the field this season, with Jordan Ayew and Tammy Abraham both netting four goals apiece for a side whose 14 goals from 23 matches is the fewest in the Premier League.

    On a more positive note, only Newcastle, Brighton and West Brom have enjoyed a better defensive record outside of the league's top-eight sides, while the club have kept a creditable eight clean sheets in all competitions this campaign.


    Last weekend's 4-3 victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City was arguably Liverpool's best performance since Jurgen Klopp became manager, with the visitors coming into the game unbeaten domestically since April 2017.

    The Reds smothered their opponents with a performance full of energy and aggression, while City had no answer to Liverpool's high-pressing game which forced an often-reliable defence into making errors.

    Only once before in Jurgen Klopp's reign as Reds manager have the club won five successive matches, with the current tally equalling the previous record which was set between September and October of last season.

    Their fifth-successive victory was all the more significant as it was the club's first match since the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million, while their own big-money signing, Virgil van Dijk, was also absent due to injury.

    Dutch international van Dijk will make his Premier League debut on Monday following his £75 million move from Southampton, with Dejan Lovren the player most likely to make way for the defender.

    The Reds will extend their unbeaten run to 19 matches in all competitions if they manage to avoid defeat against Swansea, while a three-goal victory would elevate the club into third-place in the table ahead of Chelsea.

    Klopp's side cannot take Swansea lightly, however, as they have a mixed record against the Premier League's lesser lights this season having drawn against Watford, Burnley, Newcastle and West Brom.

    Swansea City Team News

    Mike van der Hoorn is expected to return following a hamstring problem but The Swans still have doubts over the fitness of Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches and striker Tammy Abraham.

    Sanches has not played since January 6, having sustained a hamstring injury in the FA Cup tie at Wolves, while Abraham's hip problem has kept him out of action since the victory over Watford a week earlier.

    One player who is almost definite to feature, however, is Kyle Naughton after the right-back completed a three-match ban he retrospectively incurred for stamping on Watford's Stefano Okaka.

    Meanwhile, defender Angel Rangel remains on the sidelines with a calf strain but he could be in-line for a return to action in next Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Notts County.

    Liverpool Team News

    Virgil van Dijk is likely to make his Premier League debut for The Reds after recovering from the hamstring injury which forced him to miss last weekend's 4-3 victory against Manchester City.

    Mohamed Salah, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan should be available after sitting out training ahead of the match due to illness, while Loris Karius is expected to keep his place despite conceding three goals against City.

    Nathaniel Clyne remains several weeks away from making his long-awaited comeback, having not featured this season due to a back injury, but Jordan Henderson (hamstring) could be available for Saturday's FA Cup tie against West Brom.

    Two players who are also close to returning to the Liverpool squad are Daniel Sturridge and full-back Alberto Moreno, who have both missed several weeks due to respective hamstring and ankle injuries.


    Swansea have won two of their last four meetings against Liverpool in all competitions, although those are the only two victories that The Swans have recorded from the last 12 meetings between the teams.

    Liverpool beat Swansea only once out of their first six matches following the Welsh club's promotion to the Premier League in 2011, but The Reds reversed the trend by winning the next five successive contests.

    Jurgen Klopp's side lead the head-to-head in terms of Premier League meetings having won seven matches to Swansea's three, while three of the 13 matches between the teams in the competition have ended in draws.

    The Reds also hold the advantage in the all-time match-up, winning on 11 occasions to their opponents' 23, although eight of the 42 meetings between the two sides in all competitions have been drawn.

    Score Prediction

    Swansea City 1-3 Liverpool
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