Jurgen Klopp believes the solutions to Liverpool’s midfield woes lie within his squad after admitting that if they sign in the summer “it doesn’t look like anything is going to happen”.
Thiago Alcantara will be out for up to six weeks after limping away with a hamstring injury in the 2-2 draw with Fulham on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Liverpool were without fellow midfielders Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain through injury and illness, although Keita will be involved in their place Monday night soccer Home v Crystal Palace clash, live on Sky Sports.
And Klopp seems to rule out the club delving into the midfield reinforcement transfer market.
“If there was the right player and an opportunity, we would have done it, we would do it, but I don’t see it because we’ve already had a lot of talks and it doesn’t look like anything is going to happen,” he said .
“I’m happy with the strength, size and quality of my squad, but we have injuries. There are many solutions to that. One of them is the transfer market, but it only makes sense if you can get the right player.”
“All other solutions are in the squad. We have too many injuries, that’s clear. Naby will be back on Monday and Kostas (Tsimikas) will train for the first time today, so he could be back too.”
Liverpool, uncharacteristic of Klopp’s side, started slowly and had to fight their way back twice at Fulham to earn a point against newly promoted opponents.
“We addressed that after the game. We had a slow start and I didn’t like that,” he said.
“I saw an attitude to fight back, but it’s better to have an intense and focused start. It took too long to turn on. We had to fight back and the momentum was at Fulham.
“After 55 games [last season] you tell me we’re starting slow!? You can’t play 63 games and always be superior, you just fight your way through. We have to be awake before it starts. I don’t like it when you find something in the stats and tell me like it’s the truth, it’s not.”
Although their first game at Anfield will be on Monday following the current heatwave, Klopp is not expecting an easy evening.
“It’s the same for Crystal Palace but of course it’s much better to play at night,” he added. “It wasn’t supposed to be a comfortable game at all.”
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