Saturday 17 March 2018

Klopp in no hurry for January signings

Klopp: No rush
Klopp: No rush

Chris Bascombe

Jurgen Klopp says he has no plans to buy players in January as he wants to give the Liverpool squad longer to prove themselves.

The German manager said Liverpool 'are prepared' if the circumstances arise to make signings in winter, but he is adamant it is not a priority as players return to fitness and improve his options.

"It's much more important to work with people and if you trust them they have to feel it - and not just for two days but for a longer time," Klopp said. "That's not how the world should run. If we have problems it's not with quality, it's maybe with concentration or other things.

"But we don't know if players we get will do it better. I'd give the advice to stay cool and see what happens.

"If we need something we will do it, not talk about it before. In this moment I don't think about it. No one should be in doubt that we are prepared for any situation. We have 24 hours always at work. We always watch players on video but if we take them in winter, in summer or never I don't know at this moment."

Daniel Sturridge's injuries have left Liverpool short of a prolific goalscorer, but Klopp believes Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi can fill the void.

He also says he is covered in other -areas, while some players Klopp admires - such as Leroy Sane of Schalke and Marko Grujic of Red Star Belgrade - are unlikely to be available until the summer.

"We know all the players in world football," Klopp said. "Some fit us, some don't. The challenge for us over the next month and years is to rotate but not to lose quality. You need 20-22 high quality players who are ready for it." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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