Klopp reacts after Liverpool reach Carabao Cup final
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has long been intent on not signing a new midfielder but a quartet of stars could force the German to change his mind. The Reds have not been known to dip into the January transfer market under Klopp, although this month could be a rare occasion.
Virgil van Dijk and Takumi Minamino are the most high-profile winter additions since Klopp took charge in October 2015. The Merseysiders also signed Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies 12 months ago because of a defensive injury crisis.
Klopp has attempted to rule out transfers this month despite securing only one deal in the summer.
Ibrahima Konate was added to the 54-year-old’s squad to provide a fresh defensive option.
Liverpool have been linked with Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria but the Liverpool Echo claim that the Switzerland international will not be moving to Anfield anytime soon.
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Klopp lost Gini Wijnaldum in the summer and was tipped to sign a new midfielder. However, that did not happen and the likes of Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Thiago Alcantara have been rotated in the role.
A quartet of stars could force Klopp to U-turn on his stance of not signing a replacement for the Dutchman, though. Keita, Milner, Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all face uncertain futures at the club.
Keita has not quite matched the level of expectation following his £60million transfer from RB Leipzig in 2018.
Milner is now 36 and has struggled for consistency this term. Thiago has done well but is now approaching 31.
Injuries have prevented the talented Oxlade-Chamberlain from earning a solid run of games to prove his worth.
That could force Klopp into signing a new midfielder. One who can replace the goals Wijnaldum scored and withdraw the burden from the attacking triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.
But the former Borussia Dortmund boss has recently preferred to offer opportunities to the club’s talented young players, in a bid to save transfer funds.
Harvey Elliott impressed in a midfield role before his horror ankle injury in September. Curtis Jones and Tyler Morton have done well when called upon.
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“I think because the team stayed together for a long time now, we maybe lost Gini last year but the majority of the team stayed together and it helps us develop things,” Klopp said in December.
“That’s why when you have a core group that play together for a while, then you can put in younger players as well.
“Like we did at the beginning of the season with Harvey [Elliott], who was absolutely outstanding and massively impressive in that period.
“When you bring in Curtis [Jones], the way he performs is because we are stable and because of his talent. And now Tyler [Morton] is coming in and that’s possible because of how the rest around him works.”
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