Liverpool coach, German Jürgen Klopp, said this Friday that the club will not go to the market in search of reinforcements, despite the injury of Brazilian midfielder Thiago Alcântara.
Thiago, who had to be substituted in the match against Fulham last Saturday, suffered an injury to the back of his left thigh and is expected to be out for a period of four to six weeks.
The injury further reduces the German coach’s options to build the team’s midfield, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones are also recovering from physical problems.
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Despite the absences, Klopp said that the club would have already gone to the market if it deemed it necessary to bring more pieces to the team.
“I’m happy with the strength, size and quality of my squad. We have injuries. Now it’s a question of how long the players will be out and there are different solutions,” said the coach at a press conference ahead of the game against Crystal. Palace, at home, for the Premier League.
“One, and there are many, is the market, but that only makes sense if you can bring in the right player, not just any player,” Klopp explained. “If the right solution was out there, we would have brought it by now. We’re not stubborn, we don’t say ‘no way are we going to bring someone’.”
Thiago’s absence could give space to midfielder Naby Keïta. In addition to him, other options are young Harvey Elliott, who has just renewed his contract with the club until 2027, and James Milner.