Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted that they will be active in the January transfer window as the 2022 Premier League runners up look to recover from a poor start to the season.
Klopp’s side, who are currently in sixth place and 15 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, were widely expected to have a strong second half to the campaign, with the likes of Mo Salah and Andy Robertson among those to have had a much-needed rest during the World Cup in Qatar, while their players at the tournament have also played the fewest of the top six sides.
However, they have been suffering from a double blow on the injury front, with forward Luis Diaz having suffered an injury setback due to keep him out until March, while Diogo Jota remains sidelined until at least February with a calf problem.
Diaz hobbled off in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in October with what looked to be a knee injury. After returning to training, Klopp admitted his setback had come like a ‘punch in the face’
Meanwhile, hamstring and calf injuries have reduced Jota to just 4 Premier League outings so far this season. His more recent issue with his calf also led to him missing the World Cup for Portugal after he was stretchered off in second-half stoppage time during their 1-0 win over Manchester City.
And, speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Aston Villa, Klopp hinted that the injuries may force the reds back into the transfer market this January.
“We have two long-term injuries up front”, the Liverpool boss began. “Last January, Luis Diaz came in which was very helpful for that part of the season”
“Doing something similar this time, if it was a positive move - why not?”
The reds have been linked with moves for Joao Felix, Memphis Depay and Enzo Fernandez already this December.