December 27, 2014

Two managers on very different trajectories go head-to-head at Anfield on Sunday when Liverpool host Swansea City.

After a run of just one win in 10 matches across all competitions, Swans boss Garry Monk's future at the club has been thrown into doubt.

It is a very different story at Anfield, however, where Jürgen Klopp and The Kop seem like a match made in football heaven.

Klopp's Reds followed up a 4-1 thumping of Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday with a 2-1 home win over Bordeaux on Thursday to secure passage to the last 32 of the Europa League.

The former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund coach revealed his team had taken no time to celebrate before getting straight down to preparing for Sunday's encounter.

"This morning what we did first thing was we analysed Swansea's last games," Klopp told the club's official website. "There's no easy games. We saw their strengths with (Andre) Ayew, (Jefferson) Montero and (Bafetimbi) Gomis and the other guys.

"We have to defend very well, that's for sure, and if we move more than enough, if we play football, then we can find spaces. If we can find spaces, we can be dangerous for them and we can make goals - that is the most important thing."

Liverpool have lost just once in nine matches since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in early October, winning five and drawing three, but that home loss against Crystal Palace is still a teaching point for Klopp and his charges.

"We have to be in the game from the first second on, it's a big challenge as we saw against Crystal Palace," he said. "But if we take Crystal Palace as the last warning, then it was important for us.

"If everybody is prepared for a big fight, it will be a good game."

Swansea salvaged a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium against Bournemouth in their last match after going two down in 26 minutes.

Despite dropping points again at home, where they are winless in five (0-3-2) since a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in August, Monk saw enough commitment and fight in the performance to give him heart.

"I know that whoever goes out onto that pitch is giving 100 percent and trying to do their best for the club and for the team," Monk told the official club website. "There are no easy games in the Premier League - you have good periods and bad periods throughout a season."

Monk carried on to insist his side must stay the course and stick to his plan to turn things around.

"But we must trust what we do," he said. "We've been very successful during my time here and the players understand and trust that process.

"We're in a moment where we're not playing at our best but trusting the process is the most important part and that is what we'll continue to do and try to improve."

Klopp will be without the suspended Lucas Leiva for the match. The German's assertions on Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson, also both likely out, were telling as he insisted he would not risk players who aren't fully fit in order to maximize the high-pressure 'gegenpressing' style with which he has had so much success in his career.

Swansea will be without former Red Jonjo Shelvey, who has been suspended for yellow card accumulation following his booking against the Cherries.

The Reds did the double over Swansea last season, including a 4-1 home win in December. Adam Lallana scored twice for Liverpool with Alberto Moreno netting and Shelvey netting an own goal. Gylfi Sigurdsson netted the lone goal for Swansea.

Jordan Henderson's 68th minute strike was the lone score in Liverpool's 1-0 win at Swansea in March.

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