Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not “stubborn” when it comes to acknowledging the need to sign players, but warned fans not to count on new signings this month as new faces are not the solution to the current signing in his team.
The Reds are ten points behind the top four in the Premier League after one of the worst performances of Klopp’s reign – dating back to 2015 – in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton.
Without defender Virgil van Dijk and forwards Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino and Darwin Nunez, the German has stated he will not repeat tonight’s FA Cup third round at Wolves.
However, he is under pressure from fans to undo a streak of two wins in six games in all competitions which threatens to derail the club’s season and leave them without Champions League football next season.
Klopp signed £37million striker Cody Gakpo in January but has been operating under financial constraints compared to big spending rivals like Chelsea.
Meanwhile, long-term goals like Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham are unlikely to be available this month.
Klopp was also criticized for not strengthening his midfield last summer, but said: “We’re also looking outward. It’s not like we’re being stubborn and thinking, ‘We’re going to continue with these guys until 2050.’
“If solutions were available and feasible, we would bring in players to help, but we have an existing team and are underperforming.
“We have limited options, but we have players under contract here, they are just not available. If they were all in it, it would be a different situation. Should we leave? Oh yes. Is this the right time for this? I can’t see it because of the situation we’re in.”
Liverpool were torn apart by a lively Seagulls side who climbed above them to seventh in the league table.
But Klopp believes he knows how to turn things around with a return to Amex in the FA Cup fourth round if his men get past Wolves tonight.
“These are football problems and you solve them with football and it shouldn’t be that hard to play better football than at Brighton,” he added. “We need to become more compact. The field seems too big when we defend. You have to go back to basics.’
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