Despite the Reds’ recent slide, Jurgen Klopp expects a quiet end to the transfer window for Liverpool.
On Thursday night, the Premier League champions travel to Tottenham on a streak of five league matches without a victory.
With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez sidelined for the long-term and Joel Matip’s fitness unreliable at best, this form, as well as the club’s injury list, has led to demands for a new center-back to be signed.
However, Liverpool sources insist that such calls would be resisted, with the club still counting the overall expense of the coronavirus pandemic and unable to financially gamble on what they consider will be a short-term measure.
Last week, Klopp said he understood the role of the owners of the Fenway Sports Company, even though he acknowledged that at this stage, a new addition would be beneficial, and he does not anticipate any drastic late business at Anfield before the deadline of Monday.
“Not, no,” he said to reporters. “I wouldn’t say absolutely 100% no, but I don’t expect, to be honest, anything to happen.”
Instead, after a dreadful few weeks, the German would look to get his current squad back on fire.
Liverpool will be helped by the return of Spurs captain Jordan Henderson, while Matip could also return after missing Manchester United’s FA Cup loss.
Klopp acknowledges the scrutiny that comes with supervising the worst run of the club in four years, but he helps his players in blocking out the external noise and finding a way back into shape.
He said, “It’s normal.” In general, people, all is big news or it’s not. There’s news outside every day, every two seconds, and you think ‘wow,’ and then two minutes later, you get more details. That’s the way it is.
I know much better than you can imagine how many bad things are going on out there. What we’re trying to do, and we’re doing this in positive times as well, is that when we come together, we cut out the outside world, so we concentrate and talk more about football.
Yeah, of course, there are a lot more important issues out there, but while we’re on the field, the only problem we can tackle is the football problem, the only thing we need to concentrate on.
We have the opportunity to sort out the football problem, and that’s what we’re doing. want to get something tomorrow night, and we’re going to try absolutely everything.”