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Jurgen Klopp has given Karius the gloves after finally losing patience with Simon Mignolet.

The Reds suffered their first loss since October falling to a 1-0 loss to Swansea.

Watch the late drama at the Liberty Stadium by hitting play on the video at the top of the page.

This is exactly the type of game they would have failed to win last season and is of the variety that has given rise to questions about not just the Reds' defensive capabilities, but their mental fortitude.

Unable to maintain their energy and focus, Wolves grew into the match after half an hour, greatly helped by Kristoffer Nordfeldt's poor display in goal.

Looking like he's en-route to getting back to his best, the Senegalese attacker still has a point to prove in the scoring stakes and if he's given the nod he'll give the Swansea back-line all kinds of trouble.

"We had to play football and we had plenty of opportunities after the restart, but in the end it wasn't good enough".

Carlos Carvalhal's side offered little going forward, but defended resoluetly as Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool laboured to find ways through, but it was quickly becoming clear that a week after their spectacular win over Manchester City, it wasn't going to be their night.

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So Virgil van Dijk makes his first league start for the Reds after missing the incredible win over Manchester City through injury.

After Leroy Sané had equalised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's early strike, the game seemed set to be a close encounter.

He is Liverpool's number one.

Angel Rangel (calf) and Tammy Abraham (abdominal) are the only players to have been ruled out for the Swans, although, Renato Sanches is expected to miss out too as he recovers from a slight hamstring strain.

With Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren doubtful, van Dijk becomes an obvious choice to start alongside Joel Matip at the heart of defence. Lallana looks to tap home the rebound but sees it blocked!

Another defender, Alfie Mawson, scored the only goal of the game in the 40th minute as Liverpool slipped up in their quest to move level on points with third-placed Chelsea.

The Portuguese likes to use seafood metaphors to describe players as either lobsters or sardines, but this time he was borrowing motor racing analogies as he left Liverpool on the hard shoulder. "A point would have been for sure OK, but not what we wanted before the game", Klopp said.

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