Jürgen Klopp has insinuated that Liverpool Football Club will make more signings by the time the summer transfer window slams shut.
Jürgen Klopp does not believe that a single signing is going to be the answer to Liverpool Football Club’s defensive problems. However, the German has admitted that his current squad is not strong enough, or deep enough, to cope with the rigours of competing on four fronts this season.
The Reds’ defending in particular came under strong criticism as they conceding three awfully soft goals in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Watford and the blunders even led to former Red Jamie Carragher claiming nothing could save how poor the side is defensively.
Klopp however, insists that improvements to the Reds’ defending will come with more time on the training ground but does admit that due to current key absences, he will likely move for more signings before the end of the month.
“It’s not about a player,” he insisted.
“It’s not as though one player can sort all the set-piece problems for Liverpool. Of course, it’s about positioning. Do the right thing, at the right moment, in the right position. It’s not like it happened to us last year and now we say ‘this will not happen any more’.”
“There’s no chance it isn’t going to happen again. All over the world in football, you’ll concede from set-pieces.”
When asked about whether the club are still looking for a new central defender – probably in an attempt to coax out some more information about Virgil van Dijk – Klopp responded the following:
“We are still working on all parts. We cannot build them. We have to have talks, we’re looking at all parts of the team. The squad at the moment is not too wide for a lot of games because decisive players are not available. But that’s our situation.”
Liverpool’s bench looked remarkably thin on Saturday, with new signings Andy Robertson and Dominic Solanke left behind at Melwood while Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Nathaniel Clyne all missed the fixture through injury.
Klopp was insistent however that the Reds’ poor defending had nothing to do with the specific personnel employed.
“Yes, we did wrong, and what do I want to do to sort it?” he said.
“People will say I need to buy a new player in the position. I don’t know if that makes real sense. We did well in the pre-season in this situation. We conceded goals, but we also did good things. We can’t only focus on one thing, but we know it’s an important thing, of course. I don’t feel comfortable because I can’t change it at the moment. But I know what to do.”