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Klopp refuses to rule out January signing but insists Liverpool will be ‘responsible’

Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out January signings but insists the Premier League champions will be ‘responsible’ during the winter window.

Liverpool have been linked with a number of defenders after seeing their centre-back options depleted by long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, whilst there remains ongoing concerns regarding the fitness of Joel Matip.

Fabinho has been utilised in central defence for much of the campaign, with the Brazilian partnered by fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson for the disappointing defeat at Southampton on Monday.

The Reds have failed to win in any of their past three Premier League fixtures and whilst remaining top of the division on goal difference, have handed the title initiative to Manchester United and Manchester City who have games-in-hand.

There has been an increasing clamour for defensive reinforcements in a bid to stop their faltering fortunes, though Klopp says that new arrivals this month are ‘not likely’ given the current financial climate.

“No, I cannot say definitely we will not bring anyone in, it’s just not likely because of the situation in the world,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.

“We should not forget that the situation is a tough one for all people and for football clubs as well. There might be, I don’t know, some clubs with absolutely no financial – and I don’t want to use the wrong word because then you make a big fuss of it – problems. But this club always was – and will always be with these owners, for sure – just very responsible with the things we do.

“So, if the world would be in a ‘normal’ place, let me say it like this, everything would be fine: we won the league, won the Champions League, the club is in the best possible situation and then you have three senior centre-halves plus Fabinho plus kids, and the three senior centre-halves are all injured – is that a situation where usually we would do something? Yes, definitely.

“But we are not in that situation so I don’t know if something will happen or not. What I said about it, you maybe could do something but it would be kind of a short-term solution – and we don’t have that short-term solution – but that’s not right because it doesn’t help really.

“Then we have to deal with the situation how we did it so far and have to get through this. It’s not the best moment for the whole planet, so why should it be for a football club?”

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