Jurgen Klopp claimed he had not heard Pep Guardiola’s comments about the January transfer window, but was not surprised to hear Manchester City will not strengthen their squad.
Speaking at Melwood on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Merseyside derby with Everton, Liverpool boss Klopp was asked his thoughts on Guardiola’s comments.
The departure of Vincent Kompany at the end of last term and a serious injury to Aymeric Laporte has left City boss Guardiola short of specialist centre-backs.
Midfielder Fernandinho has been operating in the back four as a result – something Guardiola was forced to defend in his presser on Monday – but, with City having fallen 11 points behind Liverpool, it was expected they would strengthen their sqaud next month.
But while Guardiola acknowledged a needs to regenerate his squad, he said he was not intending to do it mid-season.
“I don’t want any players in January,” the former Barcelona boss said. “If we cannot do it in summer, we cannot do it in January.”
Asked if he was surprised by those comments, Klopp said: “I am not here to speak about the Man City transfer window. It’s the first time I heard that now. ‘Am I surprised? No.’
“It’s not important, for us it’s always the same, we don’t speak about it, we’re pretty much always ready if we can do something that helps us, if not we won’t.
“I think the summer window is really difficult because of the different moments it closes in Europe. That makes it really difficult and we will see how that is in the future.
“It hurts only the English clubs, doesn’t help them but it is not the moment, because everyone else can buy until later in the season.”
Asked about his squad’s fitness ahead of the Anfield clash, Klopp confirmed Joel Matip is still not fit.
Klopp said: “Joel needs a bit more time. It’s healing but it’s not exactly how we wished for so that will take a while. The rest are fit.”
Liverpool go into the game in far better form than their neighbours, but Klopp rejected that his side may have complacency creep in.
“We are in a better moment, that us obvious. But if it is a derby we would love to win. Everton want to strike back and they can do it differently, They can sort problems with a win. There is no doubt about this team,” he added.