Jurgen Klopp is by no means a manager that gets the urge to panic buy when the transfer window arrives, but injuries and players leaving for the African Cup of Nations could force his hand in January.
The season-ending injury to striker Danny Ings is one that could well lead the German to target another forward, especially considering the loss of Sadio Mane for a month at the beginning of the new year due to international duties.
Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “We watch the market all the time and of course we need to be prepared for different situations and one of them is injuries.”
“The African Cup of Nations we already knew about so we don’t need to be influenced or surprised by that, but it could be a moment when we approach the market.”
“It’s not about about how many strikers. Three strikers is enough, I think. But when Sadio is away we will be without a winger. We do not have many wingers, I would say.”
The addition of more players in January will only bolster our already strong squad and a squad in which there is fierce competition for places.
Klopp is rarely one to spend big money on a player unless certain that it is the right deal, which is why Liverpool’s youth stars may be handed more first team opportunities after the turn of the year.
Key injuries always seem to crop up at Liverpool, which is perhaps why Klopp is refusing to rule out the arrival of some new faces.
A lot can change between now and January. Let’s just hope it is only injuries and the loss of players through international duty that sparks an important transfer window for us.