Jurgen Klopp must have breathed a huge sigh of relief come 9:45pm on Tuesday evening.
After back-to-back losses against Swansea and West Brom, huge questions were being directed at the Liverpool manager for his lack of activity in the transfer market.
The Reds got the ball rolling for the craziest January window ever by signing Virgil van Dijk for £75m from Southampton, but took a huge step back when they lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142m deal.
But, they managed to stop the rot on Tuesday, comfortably seeing off Huddersfield 3-0 as the attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah shone once again in the absence of Coutinho.
Nevertheless, the question will remain until the summer window opens; why did Klopp not bring in a replacement for the Brazilian?
It’s not like they didn’t have the money, but Klopp has finally given a definitive answer to the question, one which has not gone down too well with Liverpool fans.
KLOPP ANSWERS THE BIG TRANSFER QUESTION
“People obviously ask ‘bring him in’ because someone is injured and you need somebody else, but then the other one is coming again and you weaken both. It makes no sense,” said Klopp, per Telegraph.
“You miss a player for a week and you think ‘okay we need another player’.
“In this situation, you really need to stay cool. It’s more difficult when you’ve lost two games but you need to be serious still.
“Yes, we could do something. But we need the right thing. The 100% right thing. For completely crazy money that really makes no sense. I’m not even sure that would work. And in the summer it looks different.
“That’s how it is. To do something just to have any solution? That makes no real sense, to be honest. That’s the situation.”
That’s right, Lallana is viewed by Klopp as the man to sit atop Coutinho’s throne.
Safe to say, Liverpool fans had a bone to pick with his theory.
LIVERPOOL FANS REACT
Christ almighty. And now we won’t see Lallana for another four weeks. https://t.co/n7pBqtrw5Q
— Kop Talk (@KopTalk28) February 1, 2018
Not spending to replace Couts because Lallana was on his way back now he's injured only LFC that
— Hombre Lee #F$GOut💵💻 (@liverbones75) February 1, 2018
— Niall Purcell (@purcelln421) February 1, 2018
Unless Lallana does a Dries Mertens and starts aging backwards as a footballer, this is just plain silly. Good player, but not on Coutinho's level and way too injury prone to be relied upon.
— Mik (@MikLFC) February 1, 2018
I told you in the first week of January we would be told Lallana was Coutinho replacement, Lallana who is more injury prone than Sturridge these days https://t.co/GcsgS8HP3k
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) February 1, 2018
I think he has a point about the craziness of January but Lallana is not a Coutinho replacement. Both in ability and fitness records. We are weaker. https://t.co/1rlvYzYf3P
— Taffin (@CalvLyfeson) February 1, 2018
Lallana has started just two games all season and has picked up numerous injuries.
His fitness is incredibly unreliable, while his form when given a chance this season has been pretty sub-standard.
Something tells us Klopp will pay for his stubbornness, particularly in the Champions League.