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Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool ‘will try’ to sign a new defender as Matip & Fabinho updates provided

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on the situation at the heart of his side's backline, on the back of their meeting with Tottenham.
Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool ‘will try’ to sign a new defender as Matip & Fabinho updates provided

Klopp and co. back on track

The Reds of course made the trip to north London on Thursday night, for a meeting with Jose Mourinho’s Spurs.

Liverpool headed into proceedings in desperate search of a bounce-back result, having seen their hopes of retaining the Premier League title dealt a series of blows over the last couple of weeks.

In fact, before facing Tottenham, Klopp’s men were winless in their prior 5 league outings.

When all was said and done in the capital a little less than 24 hours ago, though, the Merseysiders finally got things back on track.

An impressive display eventually saw Liverpool emerge on the right side of a 3-1 result, courtesy of strikes from all of Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane.

Highlights: Tottenham 1-3 Liverpool

‘We will try’

An otherwise positive evening for all associated with the English champions on Thursday, however, was soured somewhat by a pair of blows on the personnel front.

First, ahead of kick-off, Fabinho was surprisingly ruled out of proceedings, after confirmation was forthcoming that the Brazilian had picked up a ‘minor muscle issue’.

In turn, Jordan Henderson was forced into an unorthodox central-defensive role.

Then, in a further stroke of bad luck for Liverpool, Joel Matip failed to return for the 2nd-half of the clash, after suffering a fitness problem of his own.

As such, speaking earlier today ahead of his side’s upcoming meeting with West Ham, Jurgen Klopp was inevitably asked for updates on the wellbeing of his key defensive pair.

And the Reds boss went on to explain:

‘Last night I was after the game, especially with that [Matip injury], pretty emotional just because at half-time the boys [are] sitting there. Now, meanwhile, there are still glimpses of hope that it’s not serious.’

‘No, we don’t have the final result because the scan didn’t happen yet. So we know more in three or four hours hopefully.’

‘Fabinho no chance for the weekend.’

Interestingly, from here, Klopp was also drawn on whether he could sanction a dip into the transfer market over the coming days, to secure reinforcements to his side’s backline.

And, for the first time since the opening of the winter window, the German went on to confirm as much:


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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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