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Klopp confirms Liverpool transfer hope after “pretty emotional” Matip update

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool “will try” to add a new defender before the transfer deadline on Monday.

The Reds lost Joel Matip to injury at half-time of Thursday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, with Fabinho also missing the match.

The Brazilian had been left out with what Klopp called a minor knock, and then the German suggested that Matip had suffered a serious injury after the game, which Liverpool won 3-1.

However, when speaking on Friday ahead of the weekend’s trip to West Ham, Klopp offered slight hope that Matip’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared.

“Joel, last night I was pretty emotional after the game,” he said.

“There are still glimpses of hope that it’s not that serious. We don’t know the final result.”

Matip was taken off at half-time in the win at Spurs

On Fabinho he added that the Brazilian had “no chance” of facing West Ham.

Liverpool played the second half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips at centre-back, and Klopp admits that a transfer move would now be welcome.

“We will try,” he said.

“It would be funny if you thought Liverpool were fine with the situation.

“We try, but there’s nothing to say until something happens. We will see.”

Phillips and 19-year-old Rhys Williams have been pressed into action in defence for the Reds this season, and Klopp also paid tribute to their displays.

“They are both really talented and will have proper careers,” he said.

“We have a lot of faith and trust in the boys. It’s not that every day we give them a book about how to play centre-back.”

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