Jurgen Klopp has revealed he was denied the centre-half which could have prevented Liverpool ’s collapse – but insisted he won’t cry about it.
The Reds manager laid bare the dynamics behind the club’s lack of transfer activity, despite the desperate need to cover long term injury to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
In a departure from his usual diplomatic approach, Klopp was blunt about the lack of backing, saying he recommended the urgent capture of a defender but the matter was taken out of his hands by financially prudent owners.
While there is obvious tension in the situation – with even a top-four finish now on the line – Klopp declared: “I am not a five-year-old kid any more and if I don’t get what I want I start crying.
“Most of the time in my life I didn’t get what I wanted, so pretty much used to that. We talk about a centre-half, and yes, it would help 100 percent.
“We discuss the situation pretty much on a daily basis, and I make recommendations.
“But I cannot spend the money. I don’t make these decisions. There are people who are responsible for the whole thing, and I cannot make their decisions.”
Klopp perhaps broke Liverpool fans’ hearts when he added that nothing will change between now and the end of the window, despite painful defeat at the hands of Burnley bringing to an end a 68-game unbeaten league record at Anfield.
That means trying to fix the issues caused by a constantly rotating back line – and taking key players from midfield to plug gaps – during a crisis of confidence for his team.
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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.
But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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Clearly, the new blood of a signing could bring fresh impetus.
But while there is real frustration that will not happen, Klopp refuses to use it as any excuse.
“When I say this, I know of course what we would do in an ideal world, but the world is not ideal,” he added. “So we have to deal with the situation.
“We have improve with this squad – that’s my job, not sitting here and being disappointed or frustrated with some decisions. I think that would be read as an excuse and we don’t need that.
“It’s not a situation you want, but it’s a situation. And if you aren’t happy with a situation then work. That’s what we do. We believe 100% we can change that with this squad.”
The salvation for Klopp could come against bitter rivals Manchester United where victory in the FA Cup could transform fortunes, and he said defiantly: “It is a different competition.
“We want to go through and for that we have to play well. We have to be ready 100 percent now.”