Klopp confirms Liverpool U-turn on defender transfer before Monday’s deadline

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are in the hunt for a centre-back before the transfer window slams shut on Monday.

The Kop boss had previously said the financial restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic would limit their chances of bringing in a new face in the January transfer window.

But after Joel Matip suffered another injury during the Reds' win over Tottenham on Thursday – joining Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines – it seems Liverpool are set for a last-minute dash into the market.

Klopp said: “We will try.

“We try to do the right things. There's nothing to say until something happens so we will see.

“The situation yesterday didn't make it easier but we are trying to do the right things. If it's possible then we will do it. If not, then not.”

Klopp will face the challenge of bringing in the right defender with the clock ticking before Monday's deadline.

And while he appears to have the green light to sign a defender, there still won't be a blank cheque to do so.

The Kop boss said: “Everything is long-term. It's about a solution, and that's what we are working on.

“I'm not sure there is an £80m centre-back available at the moment. We need to find the right player, and it needs to suit our financial situation as well.

“My thoughts didn't change. My words might have! Same situation. We work on this, if we don't sleep, we work. We will see.”

Klopp also revealed he is still awaiting the scan results of the injury suffered by Matip in the win over Spurs.

But he has ruled out Fabinho for this weekend's clash with West Ham after the Brazilian also missed the clash against Tottenham.

Jordan Henderson looks set to continue at centre-back for the visit to the London Stadium to face the Hammers on Sunday.

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