Liverpool prepared for January transfer market: Manager Klopp
Liverpool, Dec 5 (IANS) English Premier League (EPL) side Liverpool’S manager Jurgen Klopp said his team is prepared to make additions in the January transfer market, but added that he does not know if it will be necessary.
With Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings being injured, and Sadio Mane on international duty with Senegal at the African Nations Cup in January, Liverpool will be shorn of attacking options.
According to ESPNFC, Liverpool are interested in FC Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun, but Klopp said he is happy with his squad.
“Our scouting department had breakfast and I sat with them so we have all the time together, speaking. ‘Which for winter, which for summer,’ and that is always like this,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the English publication Liverpool Echo.
“You need to be prepared. That is what we try to be. At the end I have no idea if we do something in the winter or if not. Of course, the more injuries we have, the more you have to think about it, but a lot of people thought in the summer we should have more players but I thought it worked out really well.
“Now it was a little bit unlucky with Phil and at the same time Roberto out, and at the same time Daniel out, and at the same time (Adam) Lallana out. That situation would be difficult for each team in the world and you cannot prepare for that.
“I don’t need 20 options. I need the right options. It’s not about a number. Always in situations like this it is an opportunity for somebody else who might not be so close to the team. If I had five more players of the same quality they would not get enough games. It is better to bring a young player in. If all the other players stay fit, we don’t need anything. We still have offensive options, we have young boys that look good, there are a lot of things we can change,” he said.
Klopp believes linking players to Liverpool everyday is disrespectful to the current members of his team.
“If I say we might buy, there is nothing else that will be talked about in this country until January 31,” the manager said.
“It makes absolutely no sense. For me it’s really difficult to be part of this transfer market craziness. It only disturbs, because when you talk about the players we need it is always a criticism of the players we have.
“If we think we need someone we will try everything we can to do it. If not, you can write what you like, we won’t do anything. We only want the right solution, not any solution,” Klopp added.