Liverpool fans react as Jurgen Klopp reveals January transfer plans

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said yesterday that the Reds are ‘unlikely’ to sign a new defender in the January transfer window.

Popular football pundit Jamie Carragher said last week that Liverpool could struggle to retain their Premiership title if they fail to sign a new centre-back.

Both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are long term absentees, while Joel Matip is injury prone and currently out injured.

Fabinho, a natural central defensive midfielder, has played as a makeshift centre-back this season, while Klopp has kept faith in young academy talents like Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams.

Liverpool have been linked with a host of top European centrebacks including Sergio Ramos, but it seems Klopp has other plans. While he didn’t rule out the possibility of signing a defender completely, he admitted chances are very slim.

Many Liverpool fans have vented their frustration on Twitter after hearing Klopp’s comments, with one fan even claiming it is an ‘unambitious’ move from the club.

SL View: Liverpool likely to stick with their philosophy 

Liverpool are willing to sign a defender but they have a strict criteria, as reported by James Pearce of The Athletic.

The Premier League champions are not willing to sign players just for the sake of it.

Klopp would rather give chances and fail with young talents than sign an average player on a short-term deal who would not fit into his philosophy.

Sven Botman has been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, but senior figures at Liverpool have denied any interest in the player.

Liverpool will face Aston Villa in the FA Cup clash on Friday night at Villa Park.

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