‘I want Fernando Llorente to stay at Swansea’ – Paul Clement hopes he can hang on to ‘Chelsea target’ after fine brace against Liverpool

Swansea manager Paul Clement believes Fernando Llorente is crucial to the Jacks’ survival battle and is determined to hang on to star striker.

The Spaniard is a reported target for Chelsea, but after scoring two goals in the shock 3-2 win at Liverpool, Clement has no intention of letting him leave.

“He played very well today,” the boss said of the striker, whose brace at Anfield took his tally to seven in the last ten league games.

“Am I afraid to lose him? I want to keep him here and the reason I want to keep him here is what he showed today.

“I think his performance was very good. The first time I was involved in this team was Crystal Palace and he showed all the qualities he had in that game.

“If you get the right kind of service into him he is a goalscorer but you have to give him service.”

Three points at Anfield was a huge boost for the Swans, who began the day bottom of the league but only one point from safety, and Clement insists they will not throw in the towel in their quest to retain top-flight status.

“I think the mindset in the group, since I’ve been in, is anything is possible,” he added.

“Our main objective is we are not going to look at the table, talk about how many wins or points we need.

“Let’s just focus on delivering some performances. Against Arsenal we delivered a 35-minute performance.

“Today we played a 90-minute performance. We defended well and took our opportunities at set-plays.

“The next objective is to put in a performance against Southampton, nothing else.”

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