Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to ‘fight against the circumstances’ and has outlined why the club are unlikely to sign a new centre-back during the January window.
Liverpool have been linked with a host of defensive additions after seeing their options depleted through injury, with both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez expected to miss the majority of the campaign with serious knee injuries and Joel Matip’s fitness an ongoing concern.
The Premier League champions are currently without a recognised senior centre-back amid their current options, with midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson having been utilised as a makeshift centre-back pairing for the defeat at Southampton on Monday.
Klopp side have failed to win in any of their previous three league fixtures and the German admits the Reds are in a difficult situation at present, though once again poured doubt on the club bringing in reinforcements this month and has urged his side to ‘fight against the circumstances’ as they bid to get their title defence back on track.
“It is the situation,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “And on top of that we have January and it is not the easiest transfer window. On top of that is not having the money exactly as you want. Other clubs say ‘no, we don’t have money but we don’t need it as well, we are clear, we have enough to survive’.
Jurgen Klopp says "it's not likely" Liverpool will sign a centre-back this month…
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“My job is ‘is there something we can do to improve our situation?’ Yes, but it is clear. I am a football supporter as well but I am not employed here as a supporter I am employed here as manager
“A supporter may look at it and think ‘they need a centre half and the other team has a good one so bring him in.’ I understand that but my job is not that. My job is to really to make the players we have here as strong as possible to deal with it.
“And again, would one centre-half help and sort all our problems? Maybe for a game or two, but then he could be injured as well. We don’t know.
“We have to work together and we did that so far. It is the trickiest situation you can imagine – three senior centre-halves and they are all injured. That doesn’t happen a lot but it happens so we have to deal with it. We cannot sort it now in the transfer market.
“The club tries what it can, but if they can’t then we have to do what we did so far; get stronger as a group, stick more together and fight against the world, if you want. Fight against the circumstances. Strike back with all you have and make it the most special season ever.”
Liverpool face Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round this evening, the Villains expected to field a team of Under 23 players amid a ‘significant’ outbreak of Covid-19 within the senior playing squad.