Jurgen Klopp has admitted that it is unlikely that Liverpool will sign a center-back in the January transfer market.
This season, Liverpool has been troubled by back fitness concerns, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both suffering long-term injuries and Joel Matip struggling to maintain daily fitness.
It meant that Klopp was forced to play center-back midfielder Fabinho alongside younger players, and it saw them struggling to sustain the dominant style of play they had last season.
Yet, in a boost to the title hopes of Manchester United and City, Klopp has indicated that he is unlikely to reach this month’s transfer market.
Klopp defended the club’s founders, FSG, from claims of underinvestment, speaking to the Liverpool Echo.
“In good times everybody thinks our owners are generous – ‘my, what big signings’, whatever,” Klopp said.
“And everyone thinks they’re tight in hard times — maybe because they’re from another world, whatever — but they’re not.
They are absolutely worried about the club and the club’s success and appreciate how we’ve got it.
So they see the very same things that I see about the need for players and things like that.
“And it’s not because I’m thinking, ‘By the way, half a center would be cool,’ and they’re saying, ‘Wow, half a center, really, why? ‘
It’s not like this, then. It’s all clear. It’s all on the table. You can imagine we’re working on that.