Jürgen Klopp lambasts Liverpool performance after Swansea defeat

• German manager after 1-0 loss: ‘I am frustrated. I am angry’
• Carlos Carvalhal: ‘We are in hospital but can accept visits now’Jürgen Klopp lambasted his Liverpool side’s performance after a shock defeat against the Premier League’s bottom club, Swansea City, and insisted he did not suspect any complacency following their impressive 4-3 win over leaders Manchester City. Related: Alfie Mawson has lowly Swansea singing after denting Liverpool’s high hopes Continue reading...

Alfie Mawson has lowly Swansea singing after denting Liverpool’s high hopes

For Liverpool, it is jarring inconsistencies like this that have blighted Jürgen Klopp’s attempt to transition his side into title contenders. Liverpool severely lacked their mojo on a night when they were humbled by Swansea City, the Premier League’s bottom club, whose manager Carlos Carvalhal, said his team had to make do with buying sardines not lobster. A courageous performance to earn only their fifth league win all season dragged Liverpool behind the trawler. For Swansea, six months into the season, perhaps this is liftoff. Alfie Mawson’s first-half strike from Sam Clucas’s corner handed them victory and destroyed the myth that Liverpool’s set-piece woes would instantly end with Virgil van Dijk in defence. Continue reading...

What is the point of super-rich football? | Letters

Just six clubs – Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris-Saint German – dominate European football, writes Will GobleBarney Ronay’s excellent article about Neymar (Sport, 20 January) sums up all that is wrong with modern football. As he states, the “breathtaking individual goal” Neymar scored against Dijon was, doubtless “sensational”, but completely devoid of meaning. Its true value comparable to a famous – but equally inconsequential – solo effort by George Best, for the San Jose Earthquakes against Fort Lauderdale Strikers, in the 1980s North American Soccer League. (When asked about the goal in later life, he is said to have replied, “crap defence”). Once scandalously described as a “slum sport, played in slum stadiums, watched by slum people”, football is now at elite level, a “super-rich sport, played by the super-rich, in super-rich stadiums”. I rarely watch the game nowadays. Only reports of a classic Continue reading "What is the point of super-rich football? | Letters"

Swansea City v Liverpool: match preview

Carlos Carvalhal strayed into “David and Goliath” territory when he was talking about this fixture, which provides a measure of what he feels Swansea are up against. Liverpool put five past them on Boxing Day, two days before Carvalhal was appointed, and their 4-3 victory over Manchester City last weekend provided more evidence of their devastating attacking ability. Mohamed Salah has recovered from illness in time to face Swansea and Virgil van Dijk is also available again. Renato Sanches is back in contention for Swansea. Stuart James Monday 8pm Sky Sports PL Continue reading...

Inter keen on signing Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge on loan

• The 28-year-old is surplus to requirements at Anfield
• Liverpool would prefer a permanent transfer for forwardInternazionale are the latest club to register interest in Daniel Sturridge but may need Liverpool to accept a loan deal to secure the striker this month. Sturridge has found himself surplus to requirements at Anfield this season, making only nine league appearances this season, and Liverpool would prefer permanent offers for a player who can earn up to £150,000 a week on a heavily incentivised contract. Continue reading...