Swansea V Liverpool at Liberty Stadium : Match Preview

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30 September 2016
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Swansea boss Guidolin claims Klopp's TV masterclass would not happen in Italy

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin believes Jurgen Klopp's television appearance in which he talked tactics would never happen in his native Italy.

Liverpool boss Klopp produced a fascinating tactical workshop on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football programme earlier this week.

But many Liverpool fans took to social media to express concerns that the charismatic German had given away too much information, and former England captain Alan Shearer questioned the "upside" of Klopp's TV appearance.

Guidolin, who comes up against Klopp in the early Premier League kick-off on Saturday afternoon, said: "I don't think this would happen in Italy.

"Maybe some coach without a team would go on television to speak of football. But not a (current) manager."

But Guidolin stressed: "The tactics is important, but it is not the most important thing.

"You win the game on the pitch. On the (studio) table could be good for the fans and television, but it is the pitch which matters.

"I saw Liverpool a lot of times this week. We have our idea to play them and we hope it is a good idea.

"But it is maybe not enough. We have to play a good game.

"Liverpool is a team with the best distance covered, and first we have to match this.

"Then there is tactics, technique, movement - a lot of things."

Guidolin enjoyed a victory over Klopp in May when Swansea beat a much-changed Liverpool side 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium as the Reds were preparing for a Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.

The veteran Italian accepts he might need something similar to stay in a job with intense speculation surrounding his position.

Swansea have failed to win a Premier League game since the opening day of the season and Ryan Giggs - recently of Manchester United - and former United States boss Bob Bradley have been linked with the Liberty Stadium post.

"This is the best country to work in football," said Guidolin, the former Parma and Udinese boss who was appointed Swansea manager in January.

"It was a dream for me to come here when I was in Italy and I can say it is the best league in the world.

"I know my job and I don't worry about this (speculation). I am just focused on my work and my job.

"We know we must have a big performance against Liverpool, but I know the character and courage of my players."

Federico Fernandez could be fit again after a groin strain and record signing Borja Baston's wait for a first Premier League start is set to continue with the Spaniard expected to be on the bench once more.

Meanwhile, Klopp could see himself ending his managerial career with Liverpool and expects that to be in the next decade.

The German celebrates a year in charge at Anfield next weekend and so far has proved to be a very popular figure.

His first season had its ups and downs but the Reds have made a flying start to the 2016-17 campaign and have been widely praised for their football.

Klopp, 49, told Germany's RedaktionsNetwerk he cannot imagine still being a manager at 60 and, although he would be happy to end his career in England, he would then head back to his homeland.

He said: "I certainly will (return to Germany) to live, but I don't know if I will be back there as a coach yet. The day will come when I say, 'thanks, it was a pleasure'.

"It's very, very unlikely that I will still be sitting on the bench when I am 60. And, if at the end of my career I only got to coach Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool, then it will certainly have been three fantastic clubs."

Divock Origi is a doubt for the trip after he suffered a knock to his foot.

Klopp must decide whether to stick with Loris Karius, who has played the last two matches in goal, or recall Simon Mignolet.


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