Liverpool - An in-form Liverpool head to Swansea City this
weekend without Mamadou Sakho as he looks to repair his rocky relationship with
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
The France international claimed in a late-night Snapchat
post before Liverpool's 5-1 win over Hull City last weekend game that the club
were telling "lies" about his fitness.
Klopp has since spoken to his squad as a whole, and to the
defender privately, to remind them of their responsibilities.
Asked if Sakho had to work hard and keep quiet in order to
regain a Liverpool first-team place, Klopp said: "That's not a route for
Mamadou Sakho, it's a route for every player. Work hard and do your best.
That's how it is for every player.
"I spoke to the team and I spoke to Mama, and we spoke
together and that's it. From my side, everything is done and we carry on."
Sakho spent five months out after he was suspended in April
as UEFA investigated a doping allegation against him, which was later
But he played for the club's Under-23 side in a match
against Wolfsburg on Wednesday, and will figure for them again on Sunday, when
they face Ipswich.
Also read: Sakho set to miss start of season
Liverpool have hit fine form after a couple of early-season
stumbles, scoring 14 goals in a run of four successive wins in all
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.
- Guidolin pressure -
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
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
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