Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits his “eyes are open” as he looks to strengthen his defence in the January transfer window.
Tuesday’s 1-0 Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg win at Stoke came at a cost as centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure picked up injuries as well as Philippe Coutinho.
Lovren was replaced by James Milner before half-time suffering from a hamstring problem, while Toure finished the game with cramp, but he could not be replaced as Klopp had made all three of his subsitutions.
It leaves the German short of centre-back options ahead of FRiday;s FA Cup date at Exeter, with Lucas Leiva filling in at The Britannia on Tuesday and he has admitted he is looking to add to his squad.
“The truth is that we have to react to the situation. It is difficult to find quality players. They have to be in a difficult situation or the clubs need money.
“We have our eyes open and we watch the market. That’s the truth.
“Has a manager ever before today said names in a press conference? Okay, I’ve forgotten the names,” Klopp told Thursday’s press conference.
The Reds boss also explained the extent of the injuries picked up by Coutinho, Lovren and Toure against Stoke.
“Phil (Coutinho) is more serious than Dejan (Lovren) and Kolo (Toure), but none of these three players will be available for tomorrow. We don’t know exactly,” said Klopp.
“Kolo was cramp but after three days he’s still not available.
“Next week it will not be a problem. Dejan will be available after Man United and Phil needs one or maybe two weeks longer.
“But we don’t know exactly. It’s really rare it’s quicker.”
The Liverpool boss admitted he will be forced into making changes for Friday’s game against the Grecians and he is expected to draft some of the club’s talented youngsters into the squad.
“I don’t know yet who will be available. We will train in two hours and then we will see,” said Klopp.
“It will be a big chance for the boys but there is no pressure because they are still young.
“The team we put out will want to win 100% and go to next round but it will be a team who haven’t played too often together.”