With an early move for Naby Keita not on the cards for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp is prepared to move for a Philippe Coutinho replacement should one become available.
Supporters watching the great spectactle that was Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday will be wondering why a replacement for Philippe Coutinho is really needed, with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane all finding the back of the net in spectacular fashion.
Yet, with five and a half months of the season remaining, injury will certainly strike at some point for one of Jurgen Klopp’s goalscorers and when it does, it could prove costly if the German has to turn to Dominic Solanke for a crucial Champions League tie.
For this reason, it’s crucial that Klopp signs a suitable replacement before the winter transfer window shuts and according to reports, he is ready to jump at the opportunity to sign his man if such a chance presents itself.
Naby Keita will not be joining the Reds this month after RB Leipzig issued a statement ending all speculation that the Guinean might move to the Premier League early.
Paul Joyce writes for the Times: “Jurgen Klopp has no immediate alternative target who is available, but Liverpool are primed to react during the remainder of the transfer window should that change.”
Thomas Lemar has been linked but Liverpool will not bow to AS Monaco’s mind-blowing £90 million valuation and will wait until the summer to negotiate a better deal. Klopp is also not interested in Riyad Mahrez, with the Reds going so far as “actually contacting Leicester City to say they are not planning to bid.”
Similarly, there is no interest from Liverpool in Arsenal’s disruptive forward Alexis Sanchez with all the paper talk pointing to a big money move to one of the Manchester clubs.
Paul Joyce writes that Klopp trusts his current crop of players and would be quite happy to go the rest of the season without signing a new player and as we saw against Manchester City, there is plenty of quality in this side without Philippe Coutinho.
If a player becomes available to Klopp and suits the project going forward, the German will not hesitate in pursuing him with everything he has. He won’t, however, buy for the sake of buying.