If Liverpool need to spend in January, they will, Jurgen Klopp told reporters during yesterday’s press-conference.
On the surface, the squad is quite large (from the midfield upwards, anyway), meaning the boss is likely to play a strong side against Leicester in the Carabao Cup this evening.
But Klopp’s accepted that if new faces are required, he’ll dip into the market, although has reiterated he’s happy with the options currently at his disposal – despite our recent defensive setbacks.
“From today’s perspective yes, we have the resources, but we will see how it is again in January,” he told Goal.
“What is my alternative – go to Leicester [in the League Cup on Tuesday] with a white flag and tell them if they want to go to the semi-finals in January then do it because we don’t want to be part of it?
“We have had a few different line-ups and everything has been good in this competition in the last few years when we went to the final and semi-final.
“At one point we didn’t have the opportunity to line up with the strongest side and a lot of England legends said I didn’t respect the cup competitions, which is obviously not so nice.
“But in this moment we have the squad to play in different competitions and to go as far as possible. That is the plan.
“The competition is good. The final was good when we played there. The semi-final against Southampton last year was for us the wrong possible moment, that’s true, but we couldn’t change that.
“We will see how we are in January but at this moment I feel quite comfortable to use the players and bring players into different games.”
A move for a centre-back this winter will be better late than never, but still four months too late.
It’s an area which obviously required improvement, but nearly everyone associated with the club has been saying the same thing since June and it hasn’t swayed the boss’s mind.
Klopp wants Virgil van Dijk and nobody else, so unless the Dutchman is available, we’d be surprised if we purchased anybody.