As he again suggested that the Reds do not have the money to dip into the market this month, Jurgen Klopp insists that Liverpool discuss transfers “regularly”.

It has been widely suggested that in January, the reigning champions wanted to sign a center-back, with first-choice pair Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez sidelined with long-term knee injuries, and the fitness background of Joel Matip tested, to say the least.

And with the shape of the Merseysiders having dipped significantly in recent weeks, the calls are becoming louder with five league games without a win and four without a goal.

The idea of a new arrival this month has always been played down by Klopp, for his part, and sources have told Goal that there is little hope of any income before the summer.

Klopp indicated that transfer calls were not his to make after the 1-0 loss to Burnley on Thursday. That must be obvious,” he told reporters, “I cannot determine whether or not we are doing anything in the transfer market.

Asked on Friday to explain those remarks, he was able to do so at a press conference to preview Sunday’s fourth-round FA Cup clash with Manchester United.

“He said: “Someone else, of course, is making the decisions. It’s always been like this. If this shocks people now, I can’t help them.

We address the situation regularly quite a lot. We’re wondering, ‘Can we improve anything or not? ‘And I’m making suggestions, things like that.

“But the money can’t be invested. This isn’t how it is. I’m not making these decisions, and I’ve never made them.’

When asked if this meant that any transfers were contingent on the club telling him that money was available, he responded, “Exactly!” To you, is that news?

“I don’t want someone to be confused. What I meant, I just said. We will probably explain that now.

Klopp shouldered the responsibility for Burnley’s defeat to Liverpool, their first league loss in nearly four years at Anfield.


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