Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is seemingly annoyed due to the lack of transfer activity at the club in the winter transfer window. The reigning Premier League champions lost at home to Burnley in their last league outing, ending their 68-match unbeaten run at Anfield.
The Reds are currently without Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez; the duo suffered long-term injuries earlier in the season. Since then, the 19-time league champions have used various partnerships in central defence with defensive midfielder Fabinho, being the most used player in that position.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were expected to bring in a centre half this month, but there have been no arrivals so far. While speaking to Sky Sports, in the post-match press conference, Klopp said that it wasn’t his decision to try for new additions in the January window. “Of course, somebody else is making the decisions. It was always like this. We discuss on a daily basis; I make recommendations but I cannot spend the money. That’s not how it is. I don’t make those decisions and I never did.”
The German was again asked about the transfer window in today’s press conference before their FA Cup clash against Manchester United. He clarified his position by saying: “Could we improve something or not? I don’t make these decisions, I never did. Is that news? I don’t want to confuse anyone. I just said what I said. Hopefully, we can clarify it now.”
“These decisions are not mine. I cannot decide if we do something. It is not something I am thinking about. This group can do better, that is what I am thinking about. 90% of what the boys did is still there. 10% is not. We work on that,” he added.
Fabinho has been doing a tremendous job at the back for the Reds, but Joel Matip’s injury record is worrying. The other available centre-halves: Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips, are relatively inexperienced. Bolstering their options is a necessity for Liverpool in order to stay alive in the title race and with RB Leipzig waiting for them in the Champions League.