Klopp hints at January signings: ‘We need to be prepared’

Date published: Saturday 5th November 2016 10:31

Jurgen Klopp: Pondering new signings

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given a major hint that he will enter into the January transfer market.

The former Dortmund boss has admitted that Danny Ings’ season-ending injury has dramatically altered his plans and he has admitted that the club “need to be prepared” for what could be a very busy January.

“We watch the market all the time and we need to be prepared for different situations and one of them is injuries. It (January) could be a moment when we approach the market,” said Klopp.

“It’s not about how many strikers. Three strikers is enough, I think. But when Sadio is away we will be without a winger.

We do not have many wingers, I would say. Roberto Firmino could play as a kind of a winger which would then just give us two strikers. That’s how it is.

“But it is a long way to go until January and that month is busy. If we can go to the semi-final of the League Cup it could be the busiest month of the year. We need to be prepared for this, for sure.”

Klopp, who reported that Ings’ knee surgery had been a success and he had already started his rehabilitation, will also be without Sadio Mane in January when he goes to Gabon with the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Danny Ings Liverpool

That tournament gets underway on January 14 and if Senegal reach the February 5 final then Mane could be away for a month and Klopp has admitted he will be speaking with the new sporting director Michael Edwards to assess the club’s options.

One man who has been heavily linked to Liverpool is Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic. The young American is highly rated by Klopp and he can play all across the midfield, although a move for the 18-year-old, who this week admitted his love of the Premier League, is more likely to be made in the summer.

Pulisic spent 12 months playing for Brackley Town during his youth career and he believes that the time spent there has helped mould him as a player.

Christian Pulisic

“It’s a big reason [for] where I am today,” he told Mail Online.

“A lot of people don’t realise but it really brought on my passion for the game. After school every day, I was just out for hours in the park, playing with my schoolmates.

“That’s really where my love for the game started to come alive and that was a big part of my development.”

“There were so many players that just showed so much skill and confidence in their games. I just loved the English style,”

The US international did though cool talk of a move in September when he told The Set Pieces: “I’m absolutely focused on the season, performing well and winning games with our team.”

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