Liverpool will not enter the transfer market for a new right-back, despite Nathaniel Clyne injuring his ACL.
The 28-year-old will be sidelined for six months, which will not only ruin his season, but also his chances of a potential Anfield exit this window, too.
Many fans would suggest Clyne’s injury warrants attention in the transfer window, but Jurgen Klopp disagrees.
“Of all the injuries you can get, ACL is the one you don’t want. But if you are going to get an ACL, he has the best one to be honest,” he told the Echo.
“His is isolated, it’s not 100% ruptured, but he will need surgery and it will take time. I don’t think it will have a big influence on his career, but it’s not a good moment for the player or for us as a team.
“You can prepare as much as you want but there are always problems. This is one of them.
“But this injury will not have any influence on our transfers.”
Instead of Clyne, we imagine Klopp will simply use the same right-backs he did in 2018/19.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will start nearly all our important games, with Joe Gomez a more defensive option in his stead, which allows either Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren game-time alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Jordan Henderson and James Milner were also both used at right-back, while Fabinho has performed in the position for Brazil and young Dutchman Ki-Jana Hoever is sublimely talented and provides another option despite being just 17-years-old.
It’s at left-back we’re arguably more short, actually. After allowing Alberto Moreno an exit on a Bosman, it’s just youngsters like Adam Lewis and Yasser Larouci supporting Andy Robertson.
Again, Milner and Gomez can do a job in the role, but are right-footed – meaning our style of offence will change when Robbo isn’t available.