The Reds boss admitted the importance of
“staying informed” on potential signings,
but maintained the club will only make a
move if the right player is available
Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool have
been paying close attention to the transfer
market in preparation of possibly
strengthening in January, but Philippe
Coutinho’s injury won’t force the club to
make a purchase.
Coutinho out for up to six weeks
The Brazil international is facing a sideline
spell of up to six weeks after sustaining
ankle ligament damage in Saturday’s 2-0
victory over Sunderland.
While the 24-year-old has designs on
making a quicker recovery than is normal
for such a setback, targeting the New
Year’s Eve hosting of Manchester City, it
will still leave the Reds short of his
services for much of the festive period.
With Sadio Mane away at the African
Nations Cup in January and Danny Ings
ruled out for the season, the
Merseysiders had already been assessing
whether they should bolster their squad
when the winter window opens, and if
there is any business really worth doing at
the turn of the year.
The club have been tracking young wide
forwards, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian
Brandt and Christian Pulisic from Borussia
Dortmund two of the players under
consideration. However, neither talent
would be easy to attain – especially not
mid-season – as both Bundesliga clubs are
unwilling sellers.
“We have a few hours of training a day,
but I’m here for much longer than for
training. In all this time, we do different
things and a few of these things is to
watch the market, watch what’s happening
around, scouting, to look at promising
players from leagues you cannot watch too
often,” Klopp said when asked if Liverpool
would consider softening the Coutinho
blow through recruitment.
“That’s what we do all the time. That
doesn’t mean we can take one, but it’s
only to be informed – to know about
development, strength, whatever and that’s
what we do.
“That’s preparation for a situation that
could be in the next transfer window.
Actually, I’ve thought before [Coutinho got
injured] about it, but it doesn’t mean we’ll
do it.
“We have to think about it all the time, to
prepare the situation. We’ve already
prepared for the summer and that’s how it
“We’ve spoken about the camp, organised
the camp for the summer and all this
stuff, whether transfers will be done or not,
if we have another few injuries or not… We
will see.
“Maybe a few young lads now will take the
chance because of injuries to other players
so then we don’t think about it [making a
signing] anymore.
“It’s not to make a transfer, it’s only if we
think the squad needs another player then
I think we will do it, otherwise not.”

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