Ibrahima Konate, Caoimhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, and Kostas Tsimikas being sidelined due to injury,, Klopp reveals Liverpool transfer policy stands firm despite the increasing number of injuries in their squad.
In addition to the mentioned players, Liverpool’s number one goalkeeperAlisson
has been sidelined through the pre-season and is expected to return in Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday.
Asked whether the Reds boss would be interested in making a new signing before the transfer window closes, Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference:
"At the moment, yes, we have too many injuries. That's true. But nothing has changed.
"It's a lot of unlucky situations. It started with Caoimh, it started with Diogo [Jota]. One was injured, the other got a re-injury. Both were with the national team. We tried to step in as early as possible.
"In a few weeks, they will be back, but they were not here for pre-season, which is not cool."
hit the headlines earlier when they signed Benfica's strikerDarwin Nunez
for an eye-catching £85m fee. He had a dream official debut and played a major role in Liverpool's Community Shield 3-1 victory overManchester City
, achieving a penalty kick and scoring the Reds' third goal. However, Klopp refused to guarantee that Nunez will be an immediate starter ahead ofRoberto Firmino
and other centre-forwards Liverpool has.
Darwin is ready but that doesn't mean he has to start
," Klopp said.
"He needs time to get used to a lot of things but he's already a real help.
It was a proper pre-season training session for him. He said he was nervous early on. Normal. He's settled quickly. Feels at home."
"[Nunez and Firmino] are different players, they get on. They are both from South America, both offensive players but different positions.
"Bobby is an exceptional player. His own way of playing football. As a person, yes, [you can learn] but as a player, not sure."
Liverpool opens up their Premier League campaign againstFulham
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