Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was today asked whether he will replace Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window.
Coutinho left for Barcelona for £142million at the start of the month and when asked at his pre-match briefing today whether he was close to a replacement, Klopp was blunt in his response.
“A lot will happen in the transfer market in the next few days and we will see what happens here.
“If it was something that didn’t help us or Daniel (Sturridge) or another club to make the deal, it makes no sense.
“Philippe Coutinho is not to be replaced in this transfer window.
“We have to stop thinking about. It‘s not about replacing anybody. It’s about using our own opportunities, tools, players, tactics, all that stuff.”
Sturridge looks all set to be signing on loan for Newcastle, according to The Times, after a move to Inter Milan collapsed.
Thomas Lemar has been linked with a move to Anfield after Klopp failed to sign the Monaco winger last summer. However, there seems little prospect of the £90million-rated winger arriving this month.
“We have to use our players. Long-term we will do a lot (in the transfer window),” added Klopp, whose men face Huddersfield tomorrow.
“In the short-term, I don’t think we will do a lot.”