January arrivals unlikely, says Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hinted there might be no transfer activity for the Reds due to the current situation. Liverpool are winless in last three games across all competitions, and face Aston Villa in the FA Cup round 3rd round fixture.

Speaking to reporters ahead of their FA Cup match, Jurgen Klopp admitted transfers are not likely to happen in January. The Liverpool manager added “I cannot say definitely we will not bring anyone in, it’s just not likely because of the situation in the world.

We should not forget that the situation is a tough one for all people and for football clubs as well. There might be, I don’t know, some clubs with absolutely no financial – and I don’t want to use the wrong word because then you make a big fuss of it – problems. But this club always was – and will always be with these owners, for sure – just very responsible with the things we do.”

Speaking on the Southampton defeat, Klopp admitted their decision making in the final third wasn’t good enough. “You saw against Southampton, so far this season, only City had more possession. We were dominant but didn’t get the ball over the line. That is what we’re working on.”

We are not waiting. We don’t enjoy it. Not too many really bad games, we create a lot, shoot a lot, possession but decision making in last 3rd was not good. We only won 2 of last 6. Not the standard we expect from ourselves, obviously.”

The Liverpool manager confirmed Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and Joel Matip will miss FA Cup match against Aston Villa. “Jota – Still in the knee brace, so a few weeks away from team training. Nothing new to say. It takes time. No surgery needed but a proper injury. Not a little knock. No real time frame for that.”

Matip – We will try [to get him fit for Man Utd]. He’s in a good way, but it will be United or a few days later, I don’t know. We will see.”

Liverpool are yet to reach an agreement for extension with Wijnaldum, who is out of contract in the summer. Klopp admitted he would like to see the midfielder stay, and added “I’ve said everything. How much I like the person and player. Nothing else to say. If there’s a decision, you would know. Rest is nothing to say.”

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