Van Dijk, Henderson ready for Liverpool's trip to Swansea

Annette Crawford
January 22, 2018

Carlos Carvalhal insists Swansea can upset Liverpool in a contest he has labelled "David versus Goliath". That Loris Karius got the call to start in Liverpool's win over Manchester City was a clear indication on where the club sees their future headed. Firmino, Mane and Salah all scored along with an opening strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Liverpool pushed out to a 4-1 second-half lead.

A win for Liverpool puts distance between themselves and the north London sides, Spurs and Arsenal. Crystal Palace lost their opening seven showdowns of the season without scoring a goal and were declared a lost cause, only for them to be sitting in the relative grandeur of 13th place, three points clear of the drop zone, 17 matches later.

The France global has been heavily linked with Premier League clubs since the summer of 2017, but is eager to open the next chapter in his career in La Liga. When Swansea won 3-2 at Anfield roughly this time past year - they were 20th before that game, too - it was regarded as a major embarrassment for the Reds rather than a brilliant performance by the Swans.

Although Swansea have conceded 27 goals in 13 Premier League games (W3 D3 L7) against the Reds, just six of those have come at Liberty Stadium.

Jordan Ayew meanwhile, has claimed two goals in two matches and is a live wire that could be enormous for Swansea if they are to stay up.

MANCHESTER UNITED take on Burnley at Turf Moor this afternoon.

Liverpool's form since losing 4-1 to Spurs in October has been nothing short of sensational.

They can hope to be well organised and frustrate Liverpool - they wouldn't want an end to end game.

And, Jurgen Klopp's side have won five on the bounce.

Liverpool have already been linked with a move for another goalkeeper in the summer after Mignolet said earlier this week he was considering his future at the club, saying "This situation can not last too long". The Reds showed last week that life post-Coutinho is of little concern and in matching up with the Premier League's bottom side on Monday night, they need really only worry about complacency as odds of [1.33] suggest. An away victory is the most likely result and they could score a few goals against the bottom-placed club.

Swansea only have one confirmed absentee in veteran Angel Rangel.

And Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham could also play some part. Virgil van Dijk should be available after missing last weekend's win over Manchester City with a tight hamstring.

Liverpool are clearly the second-best team in the league this year, even if the table doesn't reflect that - yet. In addition, the Swansea front-line doesn't include the likes of Aguero or Sane - take a deep breath Loris Karius.

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