Liverpool: Klopp trusts squad to get out of tough spell
Liverpool will not sign a new central defender before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to reports. The Reds have been faced with a debilitating injury crisis at the back this season with star defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both sidelined with long-term knee problems.
Van Dijk suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in October’s Merseyside derby before Gomez was forced to undergo surgery after rupturing his patella tendon while on international duty.
Joel Matip has also been out of action for some time but appears to be closing in on a first-team return.
Jurgen Klopp has been forced to field a humber of stop-gap solutions amid the club’s injury woes, eventually settling on the stand-in pairing of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.
Liverpool have been linked with a number of reported defensive targets this month, including RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano and Napoli’s Nikola Maksimovic, but it has been revealed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano that they will steer clear of making any signings until the summer.
“Obviously, in this window, it’s been really complicated for all the top clubs to make any moves,” Romano told Anfield Watch.
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“Every top club is having problems in this window, so the position for Liverpool was they would only go for important players if available this month, as has been the case in the last few years and that’s why they’ve won trophies.
“Liverpool have said if they can’t get their top targets they won’t sign anybody, and they’ll stay with their current team. This has been the mentality for the last few years and it’s been perfect because they’ve won everything.
“It’s also so smart because they are saving money for the future to do something important in the summer, as they did with Diogo Jota last summer.”
Another player to have been mentioned in connection with the Reds in recent weeks is former Arsenal defender Sokratis, who sealed a move back to his native Greece with Olympiakos earlier this month.
Romano has claimed that Liverpool were offered the chance to take the 32-year-old on a free transfer but turned down the proposal, instead hoping that the imminent return of Matip will alleviate their problems at the back.
“They prefer not to sign players like Sokratis,” Romano added. “He was offered to Liverpool but they said ‘no’ and that they prefer to keep with the current team.
“They prefer this mentality and that has been the key in recent years for Liverpool and it will continue like this.
“I don’t expect anything big in the coming days because if they wanted a centre-back they’ve already had three weeks to sign one and they’ve now got Joel Matip back from injury.
“Obviously they have problems, but with this market and with the difficult economic situation for top clubs, spending money on centre-backs that they don’t trust isn’t smart for Liverpool.”
The Reds appear to be outsiders at present for this season’s Premier League title, with both Manchester clubs on course to battle it out at the top between now and the end of the campaign.
Liverpool are facing a pivotal run of fixtures before the end of February, with tough tests against Tottenham, Manchester City, Everton and Leicester City all on the horizon for the six-time European champions.
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