Jurgen Klopp has said he is fully aware that his Liverpool squad is light in the left-back department but will only add the right player.
The German, speaking ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Burnley on Saturday, said he would ideally want three options for each position but is willing to call on existing squad players to fill gaps if targets that fit Klopp’s profile are not available.
“We have to make decisions and in this case, we say ok, the most comfortable situation is that you have three players for each positions,” Klopp explained.
“It’s not about going risk on one position but if we would have found the perfect fit for all the things around – it’s not about money – but playing style, technical skills, then we would have made a transfer.
“We do have a number of players in our squad who can play as a left full back but we are not blind. We know that if Alberto is injured we do not have a clear left back but we have other options.
“Milly (Milner) can play and everybody can say the Barcelona game (pre-season friendly) showed he can do it. Clyney (Nathaniel Clyne) played it before.
“We will only take another one if it’s the guy we want. Problem with transfers is no-one cares about players still here.”
Staying on the issue on left-backs, Klopp was unsurprisingly asked about Alberto Moreno’s display against Arsenal. He admitted the Spaniard did not have a good performance, but said the player is more of an issue for others rather than those inside Liverpool.
“If someone plays not too good then we talk about it in the press conference. That’s cool,” Klopp said. “He was involved in a penalty situation, right? That’s something we spoke about. We’ve spoken about it.
“In my opinion, we could have avoided this situation and yes Alberto could have done better, that’s right. But I don’t understand what we are talking about.
“We are talking about Alberto Moreno because he didn’t defend so well against Arsenal? I don’t understand the conversation, maybe I should read more newspapers.
“The world is not satisfied with our left back or what?”
Klopp began the press conference by providing a positive update on new Reds forward Sadio Mane.
“”It’s not that serious. It won’t take a long time,” said Klopp, yet Mane is expected to miss out the game at Turf Moor this weekend.