Liverpool boss believes that signing a new defender will help his team but the title defenders are unlikely to make any signings until summer transfer window.
in their worst run of form in four years
. The title defenders are without a win in their last five Premier League matches and have failed to score in their last four. Their record of 68 unbeaten home games was lost on Thursday when they were defeated 1-0 againstBurnley
’s team are struggling with an injury crisis and it was expected that a new central defender would be added to the squad in the January transfer window. However, with little more than a week remaining until the deadline day, it seems unlikely that such a transfer would take place. Ahead of his team’s Sunday match againstManchester United
, Klopp was asked if their recent form have changed the club’s opinions about transfers.
“No, nothing changed. Sorry, short answer!”
“I am not a five-year-old kid any more and if I don’t get what I want I start crying,” he said. “Most of the time in my life I didn’t get what I want, to be honest!
“I am responsible for a big part of this club but there are people who are responsible for the whole thing, and I cannot make their decisions. I know they are with us, I know they want to support us, and they do.
“Now we talk about a centre-half. Yes, it would help, 100 per cent. Would we score more goals with a centre-half? I am not sure. Would it give us more stability in specific moments? Probably, yes.
“But it’s not about that. We never, ever spoke in the transfer window like this because that would be an excuse and we don’t need that. What we have to do is improve the football in the decisive areas with this squad, and not sit here and be disappointed or frustrated with some decisions. I’m not.
“Of course we know what we would do in an ideal world but the world is not ideal and not just for us. We have to deal with the situation.
“A centre-half last night would not have won us the game so we don’t have to talk about that. I know it is a good thing for you to talk about but for me it is just not that important.
“Everything is on the table, everything is clear, and we just have to work on the football stuff.”
Asked whether his team’s recent form has been his biggest challenge since joining Liverpool, Klopp responded:
“Everything we did in the last five years felt like a challenge, to be honest,” he said. “But yes, there is now a different challenge.
“It is not like we win the league and I put my feet on the desk and smoke a cigar and think ‘well done, from now on everything will work without me doing anything’.
“It’s not a situation we want, and if we are not happy with a situation then we should work, and that is what we will do.
“I believe 100% we can change it with this squad. We don’t say ‘if we don’t get this or that we can’t perform’ or whatever. We are very self-critical. We know what we did, and we know we have to change it as well.”