22 Jan Klopp isn’t looking for quick fix to scoring problems
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would dip into the January transfer market if he could sign a player for his long-term plans but he will not look for a quick-fix to the lack of goals.
With Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all injured the German has one fit out-and-out striker in Christian Benteke, who is struggling for confidence, and attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino who he currently prefers in a false nine role.
Reds’ chief executive Ian Ayre was in Orlando on Thursday to open negotiations with Shakhtar Donetsk regarding forward Alex Teixeira with the club tabling a £24.6million bid.
The Ukrainians, who are competing in the Florida Cup, value the Brazilian closer to £40million and further talks will continue but Ayre has already flown back having registered Liverpool’s interest.
Klopp would not speak about the 26-year-old, who has scored 22 goals in 15 league matches and three in six in the Champions League, but insists he has not altered his opinion on his plans for the January transfer window.
“I have nothing to say about this (Teixeira),” he said.
“We could talk about a lot of players in the world and I could, if we had time for this, talk about the qualities they have.
“The January window is not the best and if you are under pressure then everyone wants prices where you think ‘Are they crazy?’
“If you take a new player now we have a day to the next game, four days to the next so it is not a perfect moment.
“We have to watch the market, to think about what makes sense for us now plus for the summer.”
What Klopp could really do with this month is the return to full fitness of Sturridge, who has not played since sustaining a hamstring injury at Newcastle on December 6.
Despite rumours he had suffered another injury setback Klopp said the England international was progressing well having seen his training schedule interrupted last week by a minor issue.
“I’m happy about other things, I have to take it like it is. I can’t rush into this situation,” added the Reds boss ahead of the trip to Norwich.
“I would say the last four days were really good. He could do what he had to do. In this moment he is in a good way but it still needs time. I can’t change it. [There is] nothing really new.