Liverpool team news: Van Dijk makes league bow & Salah starts at Swansea

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The world's most expensive defender is the only change to the XI made by Jurgen Klopp as the Egyptian speedster is fit to feature

Virgil van Dijk makes his Premier League debut as a Liverpool player against Swansea City at the Liberty stadium on Monday night.

The £75 million centre-back is the only change to the starting line-up that ousted Manchester City 4-3 last time out; an encounter he missed through a tight hamstring.

The world’s most expensive defender replaces Dejan Lovren alongside Joel Matip, with the Croatian absent through illness.

Mohamed Salah has recovered from a virus to line up in attack while Ragnar Klavan has shaken off a similar issue to make the bench.

Juventus-target Emre Can assumes the captaincy as the longest-serving member of the XI.

There is no place in the matchday squad for Daniel Sturridge, who is fit but could depart the club this month with Inter Milan submitting a loan offer for his services.

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Jordan Henderson (hamstring) and Alberto Moreno (ankle) are both in full training, but will not be rushed back into the fold.

Liverpool XI: Karius, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Lallana, Ings, Solanke

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