Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he wanted to add to his Liverpool squad in January.
The Reds were missing key player Sadio Mane through January due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, and saw injuries to a number of players too. The club were expected to bolster their numbers in the January transfer window but failed to sign anyone despite being linked with several targets.
The club have been in woeful form since the turn of the year – racking up just one Premier League victory and crashing out of both domestic cup competitions – and Klopp accepts that this trying period would have been easier had he brought in some new faces.
“One or two players in January, when we had problems with injury and the Africa Cup would have been cool,” he said.
“Could we have had more? Yes, but the transfer window in the winter didn’t give us any opportunity.”
The manager’s comments suggest that new faces would have been brought in had the right fit been found, and he vowed to bring in the required additions during the summer window.
“We had this problem, but we will be prepared for the summer for sure and we all have the same plan: sporting director, scouting department, owners, myself. We want to make this club as big and as successful as possible.” Klopp added.
Despite their poor form in 2017 Liverpool are still within touching distance of the Champions League qualification spots, and take on Arsenal tonight in a clash that could see them leapfrog the Gunners into 4th place. Klopp is quoted as ‘being confident‘ of a repeat of his side’s victory at the Emirates on the opening day of the season.
The betting seems to reflect Klopp’s confidence, with Big Free Bets reporting that the Reds are listed at evens or shorter to win with all firms. Liverpool may be dropping points galore but the punters clearly still believe in their ability to turn it on against their top of the table rivals.
If the club are to see success over Arsene Wenger’s men they will have to do so without captain Jordan Henderson, who is still recovering from a foot injury and will not be ready in time for tonight’s clash.