Klopp dismisses Liverpool’s need for midfield reinforcements
This comes after Liverpool dropped points in their opening game against Fulham, as they drew 2-2 with the newly-promoted side.
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This time, fans of Liverpool’s rivals decided to make Reds centre-back Virgil van Dijk the subject of their mockery, after the Dutchman got turned inside out by Aleksandar Mitrović and conceded a penalty.
More pertinently for Liverpool fans, however, was the lack of quality depth in their midfield – an issue that was exacerbated by the injury sustained by Thiago Alcantara.
But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has continued to maintain that his side will not be spending any more money this summer, as they presumably have much more sensible accountants than the ones in Barcelona.
“It's clear we said we don't need a midfielder as we have enough. We actually do have enough. The problem now is we have been punished for something which is not our responsibility,” Klopp insisted.
“Things like this (Thiago’s injury) can happen. There's nothing we could do about this. Naby (Keita) is ill and maybe he'll be back next week. (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain is out. With Thiago, it's not good but we will see. A transfer must make sense, now and in the long term.
“We still have eight midfielders, just some of them are injured at the moment. It's not a good situation at all, but we won't panic. We have to see how we react.”
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While the defeat leaves Liverpool’s title charge in tatters (according to gleeful and hopeful United fans), Klopp claims that, like a masochist, he was quite happy with the “punishment” meted out by Fulham.
“I’m happy for the punishment we got. We could've lost three points but in the end, we lost two,” said Klopp. “The performance was a defeat, the result wasn't. We have to learn from what happened today, but I don't want to take anything away from Fulham. They did really well. The truth is we played a really bad game and got a point.
“It's my responsibility to find out why we played a really good game against City [in the Community Shield] and then we play seven days later a game which is completely upside down. It's up to me to find out why.”