Welshman Ben Woodburn expected to be in Liverpool squad for Swansea trip

Kelley Robertson
January 23, 2018

After the high of beating Champions-elect Manchester City at Anfield, Liverpool can not afford any complacency to set in, when they travel to Liberty Stadium, to face the bottom-placed Swansea City on a Monday night kickoff.

With only 14 goals scored all season, Liverpool should have little to worry about in terms of a threat on their net. One player unlikely to feature will be club captain Jordan Henderson who is coming back from a hamstring injury.

"No Liverpool player of this squad would leave - and not just because we say it but due to their commitment to the club", said Klopp yesterday.

Manchester City resumed normal service in the Premier League, putting their defeat against Liverpool behind them with a 3-1 victory against Newcastle as Alexis Sanchez closed in on a move to Manchester United.

"At Liverpool, I started the season very well, but once I had an offer from Dortmund in the middle of the season, I just couldn't resist the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp again, so I chose to leave". Ultimately, they needed a centre-back more than they needed Coutinho.

Looking like he's en-route to getting back to his best, the Senegalese attacker still has a point to prove in the scoring stakes and if he's given the nod he'll give the Swansea back-line all kinds of trouble.

The Reds also eased to a 5-0 thrashing of Swansea on Boxing Day, however Klopp has told his players to forget about the statistics and focus on the task in hand ahead of the league match in south Wales.


Roberto Firmino has scored five times in his last three PL appearances against Swansea, including braces in each of the last two.

"I can't imagine any easy games, and Swansea is not an easy game", he said. If the thing is still progressing, and we can get the injured players recovered, we can create belief and commitment and fight to the end.

The sale of Philippe Coutinho was a disappointment for supporters, but they have picked up two great wins without the Brazilian and the impact of his departure may be less than initially anticipated.

"They are bottom of the table but they are in a good way".

This will be Van Dijk's league debut. The Swans may be relegation favourites-they now sit last, six points from safety-but they're the sort of opponent Liverpool have struggled to see off in the past and they will need to guard against taking the three points for granted.

Oxlade-Chamberlain tested Fabianski after some intricate Liverpool passing, but Jurgen Klopp's were stunned five minutes before the break.

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