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Jurgen Klopp explains why Liverpool won't replace Philippe Coutinho in January

23 January 2018

Van Dijk missed the visit of Manchester City last weekend but Liverpool FC still secured a 4-3 win against the Premier League leaders to end their unbeaten run.

"If nobody told me how often we didn't lose, I'd have no idea about it". Their next three Premier League fixtures are against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

"That's exactly what we had to do".

Swansea have won just five of their 24 league games this season.

Swansea will try to restrict Liverpool. They became the first team to beat Pep Guardiola's side in the Premier League this season and it was a sign of what the club could become under Jurgen Klopp. "[Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain was here all the time with Phil together but he can do a job, Milly [James Milner] still, Gini [Wijnaldum], so they are all here and can make an improvement and develop in the season so that is all good". Klopp also confirmed that Loris Karius will start in goal once again. "So I changed not my opinion, but I changed the situation now, that's all". Although it's unlikely he'd feature anyways with Carvalhal preferring the power of Wilfried Bony and the speed of Jordan Ayew up top, on-loan striker Tammy Abraham will be watching from the sidelines as he continues his recovery from an abdominal injury.

Liverpool soon settled into their passing routine and when Van Dijk hoisted the ball forward in the eighth minute Sadio Mane was just unable to gain control on the edge of the six-yard box under pressure from Lukasz Fabianski.

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The Red's first confirmed the signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk for £75 million, before selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for nearly double that.

Mohamed Salah has recovered from a virus to line up in attack while Ragnar Klavan has shaken off a similar issue to make the bench.

Liverpool come into the game in fantastic form having broken City's historic unbeaten record at Anfield last Sunday and will expect to ease to the points against rock-bottom Swansea. They crushed Crystal Palace 4-1 without Sanchez and vibrant displays from Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil suggested it won't be all doom and gloom without the former Barcelona star.

If the hosts can unsettle their opposition's goalkeeper, they may be able to snatch a goal, or perhaps two, and give themselves an excellent chance of taking points away from the high-flying Reds.

Carvalhal is quoted by Sky Sports: "It's David versus Goliath, but surprises do happen and we will be ready to prepare a surprise on Monday".

Jurgen Klopp explains why Liverpool won't replace Philippe Coutinho in January