Jurgen Klopp set to sign attacking options in January as new Sporting Director draws up transfer shortlist
Published 05/11/2016 | 13:17
Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he will enter the transfer market in January to bolster the Liverpool attack as the club look to sustain their promising early season form.
Liverpool have the joint-best attack in the league after netting 24 goals in their first ten games, with their perpetually moving offence causing defences havoc.
Klopp's tactic of using Roberto Firimino as a striker has paid dividend, with the Brazilian often dropping deep to allow Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana or Sadio Mane temporarily occupy the most advanced position, with the 25-year-old also chipping in with four goals.
However, with Liverpool striker Danny Ings ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury and Mane set to miss extended time after Christmas at the African Cup of Nations, Klopp is preparing to make some moves in January.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the club's Sporting Director, Michael Edwards, will draw up a shortlist of targets, with Borussia Dortmund's 18-year-old American winger Christian Pulisic thought to be one of the players targeted by Klopp.
“We watch the market all the time and of course we need to be prepared for different situations and one of them is injuries,” Klopp said, in quotes reported by the Echo.
"The African Cup of Nations we already knew about so we don’t need to be influenced or surprised by that, but it could be a moment when we approach the market.
“It’s not about 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. It is a long way to go from January onwards and that month of January is busy.
“If we can go to the semi-final of the League Cup it could be the busiest month of the whole year. We need to be prepared for this for sure.”