Liverpool’s youngsters will have the opportunity to help the Premier League champion with their injuries, says Jurgen Klopp.
After acknowledging that he is uncertain what “solutions” will come in the January transfer market, Jurgen Klopp encouraged his Liverpool youth to follow the lead of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic to help mitigate the defensive problems of the reds.
The premier league champions were devastated by long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, leaving Joel Matip as the only known senior center back.
Nathaniel Phillips, 23, started a 2-1 victory over West Ham at the end of last month, while Neco Williams and Rhys Williams are other younger choices for the upcoming match against Leicester City on Sunday.
There are just six weeks to go before the transfer window opens, so Klopp said that those still at the club have the chance to play.
And he compared the situation to one at his former Borussia Dortmund side, where Hummels and Subotic appeared as first-team squad.
"We will see. I don't know what we can do in January, to be honest. I have no idea," Klopp said.
"We can look for solutions in the transfer market, that's clear, but in the moment that's the situation we have.
"You cannot compare situations really, and I don't want to mention it, but in 2008 at Dortmund my centre-halves were 19 and 20 that winter. We played with them for the entire time pretty much: Hummels and Subotic.
"We have talents here, they are young, 18, 19, 23, and then we have more experienced players.
"Everyone has the chance. We have midfielders - not at the moment but hopefully in a couple of weeks, midfielders who can play the more defensive role as well. That's the solution.
"About what we can do in January, I have no idea. If we can do something, I have no idea. If we want to do something, I have no idea at the moment. For the moment, we are fine.
"We'll use the boys we have, as always. I'm really happy. I'm asked constantly about injuries, so it's not easy to be happy in this press conference, but I am about the chance they have now.
"You should see them in training, they can smell the chance now. They want to step up and show that they are ready.
"We will see. I'm really confident it will work out with the boys - then hopefully we can convince the rest of the world as well."