Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool would have already signed a solution to their injury problems if one was available in the transfer market and will only move for “the right player”.
Liverpool started the season with a long injury list which now includes Thiago Alcântara after he picked up a serious hamstring problem in the opening day draw at Fulham. The midfielder is expected to be out for four to six weeks.
Klopp says Liverpool are unlikely to buy again this summer, having signed Darwin Núñez, Fábio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay earlier in the window, but insists it is down to a lack of available options rather than the stubbornness on his part.
“I’m happy with the strength, size and quality of my squad,” said the Liverpool manager, whose side host Crystal Palace on Monday. “We have injuries, that’s right. Now it’s just a question of how long the players will be out and about [are] different solutions for this. One of them is the transfer market, but the transfer market only makes sense if you can bring in the right player. The right player, not a player.
“If we bring in the right player, it could make sense, but we would always have done it from the first day of the transfer market or the first day of pre-season. In some cases it was not possible and in others extremely difficult. That’s why you don’t have to think about it much. All other solutions are within the template. Now we have too many injuries, that’s clear, but Naby [Keïta] he will be back on Monday and Kostas (Tsimikas) will train for the first time today, so he could be back as well.”
Klopp ruled out making additions to his midfield before losing Thiago, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham expected next summer, and that stance looks unlikely change
He added: “If there had been the right solution for us, we would have done it by now. We’re not stubborn and say ‘No, no way, we’re not bringing anyone’. It’s the right thing to do. When people told me at the beginning of the season that we lack a specific type of midfielder, I didn’t understand because if you look for these specific things, you’re always missing something.
“If you have technical players, you miss the fighter, if you have the fighter, you miss the technical player. It was always like that: if the right player was there and the opportunity was there we would have done it, we would have done it, but I don’t see it because we’ve already had a lot of conversations and it’s not like that. looks like something’s going to happen.”
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