Jurgen Klopp says he doesn’t know whether, considering their injury issues, Liverpool will be looking to sign a center-back this month.

With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out with long-term knee injuries and Joel Matip recovering from an adductor problem, the Reds are currently missing all three of their recognized senior center-halves.

In defense, midfielder Fabinho was filling in admirably, with Klopp looking to coax results alongside the Brazilian out of two inexperienced players. Last month, Rhys Williams, 19, made his Premier League debut against Tottenham, while Nathaniel Phillips started in the league three times, including the 0-0 draw at Newcastle last week.

Plenty has called on Liverpool to act in the transfer market, including former Reds star Jamie Carragher, but club sources have suggested that it is unlikely that any big business will take place in January. The ties with Sven Botman of Lille were dismissed.

Asked about the prospect of any incomings this month, Klopp told reporters: “We have options in the squad obviously but we struggled even with injuries. With a center-half position for much of the time, it can happen like this – it does not end when it starts.

We’ve got solutions with the team, but I don’t know if we can do anything in the window. It’s just like that.

“As you might imagine, it’s a very complicated transfer window. It’s not just clubs that have real money. It makes no sense just to do something. It makes sense to do the right thing. So far, we enjoyed what we did.

Liverpool stayed top of the Premier League amid their struggles as 2021 got underway, and can open a three-point lead with a Monday night victory over Southampton at St Mary’s. That would be a valuable victory, with contenders beginning to gather behind them, especially Manchester United and Manchester City.

Having won the title last season by some distance, this time around, Klopp is ready for a much closer race.


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