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No Excuses For Liverpool, Says Jurgen Klopp

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Posted: Sep 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is confident his team’s trip to play Swansea City will have a better outcome this time around, even as he aims to say farewell to football before turning 60, but wants to win silverware with Liverpool first.
But he believes Liverpool have no excuses if they suffer another defeat at the hands of Swansea City.
Swansea beat the Reds 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium in May and the two teams will do battle again on Saturday.
Liverpool have hit fine form after a couple of early-season stumbles, scoring 14 goals in a run of four successive wins in all competitions. The Reds have won 13 points from their first six games of the Premier League, while Swansea have struggled with only four to their name over the same period.
Last Saturday’s ruthless demolition of Hull at Anfield suggested Klopp’s side have shed the inhibitions that sometimes affected them in home games last season; away wins over Arsenal and Chelsea signify that they have no reason to fear anyone on their travels either.
A trip to Swansea on Saturday is not necessarily as straightforward as it might appear, especially as Liverpool lost 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium on their last visit to south Wales at the start of May.
However, that match was played three days after a gruelling trip to Spain to face Villarreal in the Europa League, a competition that took priority as the campaign drew to a close.
With no European football at all to consider this season, Klopp has enjoyed a few more gaps in the fixture schedule to keep his players fresh.
As a result, Liverpool’s only new fitness concern surrounds striker Divock Origi, who has a foot injury.
Swansea coach Francesco Guidolin has far greater worries.
The Swans are fourth from bottom of the Premier League after collecting just one point from their last five matches, and Guidolin has acknowledged that defeat by Liverpool may cost him his job.
Asked if he had to win on Saturday to avoid the sack, the Italian said: “Maybe, it could happen.”
Former United States national team manager Bob Bradley is the latest candidate to be linked with the Swansea job, following suggestions last week that Ryan Giggs, who left his post as Manchester United assistant manager at the end of last season, could take over.
The one sign of hope for Guidolin is that his team showed improvement even as they lost twice in four days to Manchester City, with a 3-1 defeat in the Premier League coming soon after a 2-1 loss in the EFL Cup.
Guidolin added: “I spoke with the chairman last week, but at the moment the most important thing is for me to work with my players and with my team to prepare for the next game, to be focused and with concentration.”