Jurgen Klopp admits finances keep Liverpool from signing center-back

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he makes daily recommendations for new center-back additions, but Anfield purse-strings officials are blocking defensive additions.

The Reds have been hit with a mid-half injury crisis this season following serious knee injuries, which could end the season, hit by top pair Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Virgil van Dijk
Van Dijk broke his ACL against Everton in October | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Joel Matip has also missed 10 Premier League games this season due to a selection of short-term injuries, forcing midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to go on defense. The reds have since suffered a decline in shape; They have been winless in the Premier League since their 7-0 win over Crystal Palace on December 19 and saw their undefeated three-and-a-half-year top-flight home run end at the hands of Burnley on Thursday.

Despite their shortage of fit senior center-halves, Klopp previously admitted that it would be unlikely to bring in a new defender in January. However, he has since suggested that it was not out of his own choice, but rather a lack of financial support.

“I’m not a five-year-old anymore and if I don’t get what I want I start to cry,” Klopp said (via mirror). “Most of the time in my life, I haven’t had what I wanted, so used to it.

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho
Henderson and Fabinho put themselves in the center of the back | Pool / Getty Images

“We’re talking about a center-half, and yes that would help 100%. We discuss the situation almost daily and I make recommendations.

“But I can’t spend this money. I don’t make these decisions. There are people who are responsible for all of this, and I cannot make their decisions.

“When I say that, of course I know what we would do in an ideal world, but the world is not ideal. So we have to face the situation. We’ve improved with this team – it’s my job, not to just sit here and be disappointed or frustrated with certain decisions. I think that would be read as an excuse and we don’t need it. “