Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp surprised by talk of sacking Garry Monk as under-fire Swansea boss brands his critics stupid

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp surprised by talk of sacking Garry Monk... as under-fire Swansea boss brands his critics 'stupid' Liverpool defeated Swansea City 1-0 in the Premier League on SundayJurgen Klopp is 'surprised' that counterpart Garry Monk could be sackedSwans boss has branded his doubters 'stupid' despite dismal results 

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Jurgen Klopp is baffled at talk of sacking Garry Monk before the Swansea manager labelled his doubters ‘stupid’.

Pressure is mounting on Monk, who is enduring the worst spell of his 20-month reign. Swansea have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games and are four points away from the bottom four following the slender 1-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

James Milner’s 62nd minute penalty was enough to squeeze past Monk’s Swansea after Neil Taylor was adjudged to have handled Jordon Ibe’s cross - a decision that left the visiting boss seething.

Jurgen Klopp cannot believe that his Swansea counterpart Garry Monk (right) has been linked with the sack

Jurgen Klopp cannot believe that his Swansea counterpart Garry Monk (right) has been linked with the sack

James Milner celebrates after scoring the winner with a penalty in Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Swansea

James Milner celebrates after scoring the winner with a penalty in Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Swansea

The German manager applauds his players and fans as Liverpool break into the top six

The German manager applauds his players and fans as Liverpool break into the top six

The victory was Klopp’s first home Premier League win since taking over in October and he threw his weight behind Monk, claiming Swansea would have got it wrong if they decide to part ways.

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‘Not so much surprises me to be honest, but I would say I’d be surprised if it is the right decision to criticise him because this team plays very well,’ Klopp said. ‘They showed a good reaction from the last results.

‘I’m not sure what Swansea wanted to reach before the season starts but for this team I see no problem in the league. They will play a good role in the rest of the season I’m sure.’

There have been suggestions that Monk has lost the dressing room but they were unfortunate to leave Merseyside with nothing.

Monk is irked that his man-management has come in for questioning and insists his team are playing for him.

‘It’s clear all through this period - it’s never ever been a doubt. Anyone who suggests that would be very stupid. A stupid person,’ he said.

‘Of course we have to get points on the board very quickly - I understand that. But if we perform like that, long spells of possession and that work ethic, we’ ll always have great confidence.

Monk has branded critics who believe he has lost the Swans dressing room as 'stupid'

Monk has branded critics who believe he has lost the Swans dressing room as 'stupid'

Bafetimbi Gomis applauds fans  - with Swansea collecting just one win from their last 10 matches

Bafetimbi Gomis applauds fans - with Swansea collecting just one win from their last 10 matches

‘I never doubt these players - how good they are. You go through a difficult period - and it’s a very short period in my time here. It was a complete performance - the players deserved much more than that.

‘The result was taking out of our hands - we couldn’t control that [penalty] decision. The performance was perfect.

‘There’s never any danger of that team being in a relegation fight.’

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