Liverpool are unlikely to make any more signings during the January transfer window, Jurgen Klopp has said.
The Reds completed a £75million move for Virgil van Dijk at the start of the month – a record fee for a defender – and are close to signing Falkirk youngster Tony Gallacher for £200,000.
Liverpool were expected to bolster Klopp’s attacking options after Philippe Coutinho secured a dream move to Barcelona, with Riyad Mahrez and Thomas Lemar raised as potential targets.
But Klopp, whose side face West Brom in the FA Cup this weekend, cannot envisage any more players arriving at Anfield before the winter window closes next week.
Asked whether he expected the club to complete any more deals this month, Klopp said on Friday: ‘It’s not really likely.’ Klopp did suggest, however, that the club would be open to allowing striker Danny Ings to go out on loan. The 25-year-old is yet to start a Premier League fixture this season.
West Brom, West Ham, Stoke City and Newcastle United have all expressed interest in signing Ings, who signed for Liverpool from Burnley in 2015.
‘I don’t think a lot of things will happen in the next few days, but if [it does] I’ll call you immediately, of course,’ Klopp added. ‘I can’t forget our needs – we have a lot of games to come.
‘What I don’t like about the January transfer window, is that very often it feels like the season is over and we didn’t use players in the first half of the season so why do you need them in the second part? We have to plan a full year and that’s what we did.
‘Maybe if Danny could go somewhere where he could start the next 20 games, would it be perfect for him? I’m not sure. Of course, it wouldn’t be bad to have the opportunity to start a few more games.’