Double defensive blow sees huge hint from Klopp that Liverpool will enter transfer market

Date published: Friday 29th January 2021 7:16 - Matthew Briggs

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Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Liverpool could make a move in the transfer market after seeing Joel Matip suffer a “serious” injury at Tottenham.

Liverpool were back to their best as they won 3-1 in the capital with Spurs architects of their own downfall through defensive mistakes.

Jose Mourinho was not shy of pointing that out at full-time when he said the “performance totally affected by defensive individual mistakes”.

Jurgen Klopp though was pleased to see his side return to their best, although he now has even more injury problems.

Firstly Fabinho succumbed to a “minor muscle injury” before the game. Klopp claimed the injury had come out of the blue.

Speaking pre-match, Klopp said: “Actually it was nothing really. He just felt something so we had to take him out. Now he’s out.

“It wasn’t in a challenge or in an intense situation or anything. It’s just how things happen. It is how it is.”

That left Klopp ushering Jordan Henderson in alongside Joel Matip as they became the 11th different starting centre-back combination in the league.

However. Matip lasted only until half-time with Nat Phillips replacing him.

 

 

“It looks like something serious, to be honest, for Joel,” said Klopp post-match before later stating in his press conference that he has damaged his “ankle ligaments.”

“He had a problem with his ankle. There was no chance to play on.”

It led the German coach to suggest that the champions may be forced into the transfer market.

Counter attacking monster

Klopp said: “We thought the whole time it’s about doing the right thing. I am not picky.

“We need to find the right player, we have players, not a lot in the defensive line, it is incredible what is happening there, really incredible.”

Klopp has always maintained the Liverpool were content with their options and that he was not the man with the purse strings. However, Thursday’s events will surely have had Klopp on the phone to Michael Edwards hoping to sanction a move before Monday’s deadline.

Speaking about the victory – their first in the Premier League in 2021, Klopp said: “It was good. It was necessary, it was a good moment to show. We are still here, that is good to know.

“I am completely happy about the performance. They put a proper shift in. It was a brave performance against a counter attacking monster, which is what they are, it makes it even more special. It was really good.

“It was a good game, a deserved win. The boys played a really good game. We scored the first goal in the perfect moment. The boys made a proper fight of it and I am really happy about that and played good football.”

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