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Klopp rules out defender signing in January despite Matip injury

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out signing a center back in January after Joel Matip’s anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Liverpool defender Joel Matip is unlikely to play again this season after suffering an ACL injury against Fulham on Sunday.

Ahead of Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace, Klopp said they are not planning to buy a centre-back in January.

“Everyone talks about us needing another player but they all cost money and they must be the right player,” said Klopp.

“You tell me a club who wants to sell a top centre-half. Not a centre-half but a top centre-half.

“For four or five days we’ve known Joel will be out for a long time and that’s really bad for us but we still have four centre-halves and that’s absolutely alright.

“If we had a fifth centre-half in beforehand it is a completely different team dynamic: when one is not involved, we don’t see steps with him, so it was like it was and it was perfect.

Is it now perfect? I would say it is as long as we can go with those four, yes. If not then it would be a bit more tricky with the amount of games coming up.

But it was never wonderland where you bring in a world-class centre-half until the other one is fit again.

“As long as other clubs don’t put them under the Christmas tree for us and say ‘Take it as long as you need it’ I don’t think so (it is likely to buy a player) to be honest.”

The 32-year-old Matip will be out of contract at the end of the season. However, Klopp said the club will help him during his time out of action.

“I would say so but it’s not my decision in the end,” he added.

“I am pretty sure the club will show their class and am pretty sure the club told Joel already that whatever happens as long as he is injured everything is fine.”

Klopp: Van Dijk is the best defender in the world

Jurgen Klopp has provided good and bad injury news ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Crystal Palace, with Alisson returning to training but Alexis Mac Allister will miss the game.

Klopp also praised captain Virgil Van Dijk and called him the best defender in the world.

It always was and always will be. Virg is the best defender in the world. Did he have lesser good spells? Yes. If you showed me one who never had I’d be really happy to meet him,” said Klopp.

“When we look in the back in the past (we think) Rio Ferdinand, Jaap Stam, Sami Hyypia were good all the time and always perfect. No-one was and no-one will be. Virg in this shape is super-important.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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