LIverpool boss irritated by Ian Abrahams’ question on whether they need to buy another centre-back in January

Jurgen Klopp rubbished suggestions made by talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams that Liverpool may consider signing a new centre-back in January.

The German, who spoke to Moose after the Reds’ 2-1 defeat at Wolves in the FA Cup, has something of a defensive selection crisis ahead of their next game against Brighton on Saturday.

This was Liverpool’s second defeat in as many games

This is because Dejan Lovren went off injured early in the game meaning Virgil van Dijk is the only out-and-out Liverpool centre-back who is fully fit.

It’s not clear what the extent of Lovren’s injury is but he could join fellow centre-backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, who have been out since December, on the treatment table.

With this in mind, Moose asked whether Klopp would think about recruiting another centre-back during the January transfer window.

And the Reds boss was almost in disbelief at this, saying: “The only country that asks a question like this is England. Everything is sorted with buying players.

Klopp doesn’t believe dipping into the transfer market is the answer for Liverpool’s defensive shortages

“We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.

“We need them back but you cannot buy a fifth centre-half and say ‘so you play two weeks and after that the others come in’”.

Lovren was replaced by 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever, who became the youngest player to represent Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Hoever acquitted himself well in the game alongside academy players Curtis Jones, 17, and Rafa Camacho, 18, who started the game.

Klopp was full of praise for Hoever

Klopp added: “Ki-Jana was fantastic, he’s 16-years-old and the other two boys are 18-years-old so it was a bit wild.

“It wasn’t a nice game for the young boys. It wasn’t like we were 4-0 up but they did the job, especially Ki-Jana coming in.

“I don’t think he [Hoever] expected after not starting the game that he would come on and then, DONG, I have to ask him if he’s ready. He did well, it was nice but yeah.”


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