Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v Swansea, questions Klopp
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has predicted Liverpool to beat Premier League strugglers Swansea 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Anfield.
BBC Sports pundit Lawrenson questioned manager Jurgen Klopp by stating the reason the Reds may have “tailed” off” in recent weeks is because of his decision to constantly change the team around.
Klopp’s side beat League Two Plymouth on Wednesday night in a third-round FA Cup replay after a 0-0 draw in the previous encounter.
Additionally, since their win over Manchester City on New Year’s Ever, the Reds have picked up two points in their last two league games conceding three.
Ahead of the fixture, former Liverpool defender Lawrenson provided his verdict on the match and the importance of Philippe Coutinho.
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“Liverpool have lost some of their attacking lustre in recent weeks so it is important for them to have Philippe Coutinho back in action, and getting sharper with each game he plays,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sports website.
“I just wonder if the Reds’ form has tailed off a bit because Jurgen Klopp has been changing his team around for various cup games – it might help if he sticks with a team that is going to play regularly for the next couple of weeks.”
Klopp’s drew their last Premier League encounter 1-1 against north-west rivals Manchester United with Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelling out James Milner’s first-half penalty.
As a result, they are seven points behind league leaders Chelsea in the table and level with second-placed Tottenham.
Klopp’s side have the best attacking record in the league this season with 49 goals scored in their 21 league games.
By contrast, Spurs have the defensive record in the league with only 14 goals conceded to Liverpool’s 24.
Nonetheless, Klopp will be hoping to have star man Coutinho back in the starting XI after he started his first game since returning from injury in midweek.
The Brazillian has scored five goals and assisted the same number in 14 league games this term.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds have tabled a bid for this defender after a record-breaking deal agreed.