Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp drops January transfer hint despite backing academy stars

Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool will look at potential options in the January transfer market to solve their defensive crisis. The Reds boss refused to rule out signing a replacement for Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, should the Premier League champions struggle in their absence between now and the New Year.

Klopp is under no illusions that Liverpool have a tricky six weeks to navigate before then, with league and European matches coming thick and fast.

Liverpool were rocked with yet another devastating blow last week, when Gomez suffered a serious knee injury in England training.

The 23-year-old has since undergone successful surgery like fellow centre-back partner Van Dijk and the pair remain unlikely to play again this season.

Klopp has now conceded that the club may have to flex their muscle in the market in order to continue challenging on all fronts.

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What followed was one of the finest pairings in world football, as Klopp explained: “I don’t want to compare situations but when I came to Dortmund in 2008, my two centre-halves were 19 and turned 20 that winter, and we played with them for that entire time. Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic.

“We have talent here. They are young – 18, 19, 23 – and we have more experienced players, so we will see. Now everybody has a chance. What we do in January I have no idea – If we can do something in January I have no idea.

“We’ll just have to see. But these are the situations we have in this moment, we use the boys we have… and for the moment we are fine.”

Klopp is relishing the challenge ahead and has shown on several occasions during his Liverpool tenure that he can find solutions from within his squad.

The emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold only came about after the Reds decided against signing additional cover for Nathaniel Clyne.

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