Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that it “wouldn’t make a lot of sense” for the club to bring in a defensive addition in January.
Having lost Joel Matip to a knee injury and with no return date set, the Reds feared they could be down to only two recognised fit centre-backs after Dejan Lovren went off in the first half of Saturday’s Premier League win over Bournemouth.
However, the Croatian has been passed fit ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Champions League clash with RB Salzburg, where Liverpool need at least a draw to secure progression to the last 16.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp insisted that despite the potential frailties a serious injury could cause at the back for his side, he is not looking to the transfer market for a quick fix.
“How can you be short of centre halves when you have four centre halves plus Fabinho? Only Fabinho is injured, Matip is injured and Dejan Lovren had a problem, yes,” the manager said.
“We will not sign a centre half because of injuries – that is the world outside who thinks we are short and we have to do it – but afterwards we would have six centre halves and that wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
“And you need quality. You can’t have just somebody [for the sake of it] – I am somebody, I am tall, not quick, but I look like a centre half at least.
“Yes I am absolutely concerned [about injuries], but Lovren is not injured. It was a little bit of cramp, and the right moment to take him off, but it is cool, everybody is fine.”
Klopp added that he has no issues with his squad depth, saying: “We spoke about squad depth, but we had 16 adult players against Everton, 14 adult players against Bournemouth – it’s not that we think we have no clue how to make a squad at the moment.
“How can I tell the boys they are not involved in the squad? We have no problem, there is nobody there I have to explain it to. But yes it is all good, but not perfect.”
Klopp took part in his pre-match press conference on Monday evening ahead of the clash with Salzburg, where he was asked about his side’s lack of clean sheets.
The Reds’ 3-0 win over the Cherries at the weekend was their first shutout in 14 games – including the first in the Premier League since a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in September.
Speaking to reporters, however, Klopp insisted that the number of goals conceded is not the only barometer for a successful defence.
“The amount of goals [we concede] isn’t an issue,” he said. “More important are shots on goals. Sometimes a shot just goes in. We are doing well when it comes to keeping shots off the target.
“I know everything about Salzburg. We are prepared.”