Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he is open to signing a few players in January to strengthen his squad with Sadio Mane set to be unavailable in January following his participation in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). Philippe Coutinho is also out with an ankle injury and is unlikely to be involved against Manchester City.
The Reds are currently second in the table, six points behind leaders Chelsea and are desperate to maintain a proper title challenge, having floundered in the 2013/14 season. Reds legend John Aldridge reckons that Liverpool are better equipped to go all the way than the Blues as they have more players sharing the goals than Chelsea, who only have Diego Costa and Eden hazard with more than five goals.
“I am really happy with the squad. Sadio will not be involved in January [though],” bemoaned Klopp, as quoted by the Mirror. “I knew unfortunately he will not be involved in January. We have two games and a few more in January until the window is closing. It doesn’t mean we do something, we are looking for somebody, that’s how it should be. We can bring these two windows together, if not we will not do it.”
“We always have an eye on the market. If there is something that makes sense and is possible [we will act] but there is not only China which could [prevent] a transfer, there’s other clubs. We want players who are ready to develop. If somebody wants to be part of this team they’re very welcome”.
The manager was appreciative of Mane’s performance over the course of the season and rued the fact that they will be missing him when he departs to join Ivory Coast for the AFCON. The forward has scored eight goals and assisted four this season and is an integral part of the Liverpool attack.
“Sadio is playing like a winger. Outstanding, nice,” Klopp added. “We have not five other wingers to replace him, we cannot have this team. Everybody feels important, that’s good. But you cannot have everything. A little bit unlucky with injuries in the wrong moment. Our players are versatile, we have to use them. I am sure they are open for this, it’s a sign of confidence if you can change systems.”