England internationals Joe Gomez (knee) and Jordan Henderson (thigh) were the latest to be added to the injury roster in recent days, with the former potentially ruled out for the remainder of the season.
With Virgil van Dijk and now Gomez suffering serious injuries, Klopp is once again reduced to a senior center-back in Joel Matip, while the continued absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold with a calf problem means Klopp will only be able to field a line-up. one of his top picks. four against Premier League leaders Leicester on Sunday.
Klopp is also awaiting the return of midfielders Fabinho, who may also play center defense, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while youngsters Rhys Williams and Neco Williams have injury doubts this weekend.
Mohamed Salah, meanwhile, tested positive for the coronavirus, although Klopp avoided criticizing the attacker for attending his brother’s wedding.
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When asked if he should tap into the transfer market in January, Klopp said: “If we can do something in January, I have no idea. If we want to do something in January, I have no idea. must see.
“That we are looking for solutions and the transfer market – that’s clear. But at the moment we have the situation we have.
“I don’t want to compare situations, but when I came to Dortmund in 2008 my two center-backs were 19 and 20 that winter and we played with them the whole time. Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic.
“We have talent here. They are young – 18, 19, 23 – and we have more experienced players, so we’ll see. Everyone has a chance.
“They smell the luck and they intervene. They want to show that they are ready and we will see.
“We have midfielders – not at the moment but hopefully in a few weeks – who can also play the more defensive role. For the moment everything is well.
“I am really convinced that it will work with the boys and I hope we can convince the rest of the world as well. “
Fabinho has a chance to be in good shape for Sunday after his return to training, but the wait seems to continue for Thiago, the summer signing that energized the fanbase so much following his arrival from Bayern Munich.
The Spain international made just 135 minutes in two appearances before sustaining a knee injury in last month’s Merseyside derby – overshadowed by Van Dijk’s anterior cruciate ligament injury in the same game – and his return takes more time than expected.
When it was suggested that fans were desperate to see the world-class midfielder return to action, Klopp replied: “I too can’t change these things. We have to face the consequences of injuries, accidents, mistakes or whatever. .
“If he could have played before he would have played before but he couldn’t but he’s out there on the pitch running, doing a lot of things, and it won’t be too long.
“At first we had the horrific photos of Virgil and we were pretty relieved that it wasn’t that bad for Thiago, but it was always clear it wouldn’t be two or three days.
“At first we thought it would go away quickly, but it isn’t and you have to accept it. We will not rush. We are preparing him for the rest of the season, not for the first game he can replay.
“The players have to train in the big sessions with the team, and not just once.
“Fabinho was part of that and what we do with him I don’t know yet because I don’t know how he reacts but Fabinho was part of the team’s normal training. “
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“There is an opportunity for those who come in, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams are two who have already taken up the challenge this season, they found a way to win, Jurgen Klopp changed formation every now and then but they found a way. be consistent in their results.
“Yes, injuries took an impact on them, but they were able to use this team and get the results that kept them going. “