According to the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp consider dipping into the January transfer window to find cover for Ings and Mane.
After it was revealed that Danny Ings would miss the rest of the Premier League season with a terrible knee injury, questions were raised about Liverpool’s number of strikers and whether three would be enough to finish the season strongly.
“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.
Ings injury might not weaken Liverpool as much as some might suggest as the Englishman wasn’t getting very much game time and with Roberto Firmino practically holding down the centre-forward role on his own, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have grown quite used to the bench in the opening months of the season.
On the other hand, Sadio Mane is off to the African Cup of Nations in January and will leave Liverpool lacking as far as pace and drive is concerned and this is something that Klopp is ready to address as the Reds look to maintain a title challenge.
“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.”
Mane will miss huge Premier League games against Chelsea and Manchester United as he will be with Senegal from the 14th of January until the 5th of February. His absence could have a telling impact on Liverpool’s season but Klopp won’t let it define the season either.
As far as potential targets go, there aren’t many that jump out but whoever Klopp signs will need to make an instantaneous impact as they will have a month to prove their worth and will also need to deliver the goods in Mane’s absence.