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Liverpool try to sign center-back before transfer window closes


Liverpool are set to try to sign a new center-back before the January window closes, after growing concern over the current state of their injury-ravaged squad.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are long-missing after injuring their knees earlier in the season, and their only other senior center-back, Joel Matip, was injured in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Tottenham .

Harry Kane, Joel Matip
Matip suffered another injury | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp has also lost first reserve Fabinho to injury, which means midfielder Jordan Henderson is likely to play alongside one of Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips when Liverpool travel to face West Ham United on Sunday.

Despite their perilous situation, Liverpool have stood their ground and tried to avoid signing a provisional defender, but Klopp has now confirmed that club officials will work to sign a new player before the February 1 deadline.

“I don’t know but we’ll try,” Klopp said (via The Times). “Everyone is thinking, ‘Oh, Liverpool are great with the situation and they’re not trying.’ We are trying. Yesterday’s situation didn’t help matters, but we still try to do the right things if we can.

Jurgen Klopp
Klopp’s squad has been stretched | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

“My thoughts haven’t changed, maybe my words have changed. No, it’s the same situation as before. We work there, we don’t always have training and a press conference and if we don’t sleep, we work. This is what we did all the time. We will see.”

However, Klopp was quick to live up to expectations, warning fans that the chances of a new superstar heading to Anfield are incredibly slim.

“I’m not sure there is an £ 80million center-back available at the moment and one club is thinking: ‘We can get £ 80million for him to sell him.’ I do not think it is. In fact, I pretty much know it. This caliber of player, the teams would no longer sell them now, ”he added.

Fabinho is also unavailable | Stu Forster / Getty Images

“We have to find the right player and the one who suits our financial situation, that is also clear. It’s a solution, it’s the first thing, and it’s what we’re working on.

Many names have been associated with Liverpool including Sven Botman of Lille, Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal, Loic Balde of Lens and Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls.

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