Jurgen Klopp won’t rule out signings to ease Liverpool’s injury problems

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out entering the transfer market to ease his current injury problems but admits it is not the solution to a “four-week problem”. “.

Centre-back Ibrahima Konate suffered a knee injury in a friendly against Strasbourg on Sunday which Klopp admitted will see the defender out “for a while”.

He joins an injury list that already includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Diogo Jota (thigh), Curtis Jones (calf), second-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher (groin) and Kostas Tsimikas (knock- out), with Naby Keita set to resume training on Friday after nearly a week off due to illness.

Liverpool completed their expected business with the arrival of striker Darwin Nunez, whose move from Benfica could eventually become a club-record £85m, teenager Fulham Fabio Carvalho for £5m and Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsey for £6.5m.

“We have too many injuries, it’s true,” the Reds boss said.

“But for the moment, nothing has changed (about new signings). Lots of bad luck situations. Starting with Caoimh and Diogo, quite a few people were injured and one had a relapse.

“In a few weeks they will be back, but they missed the pre-season and that’s not cool.

We couldn’t solve a problem we had in four weeks with transfers for the whole year. That means nothing to us at the moment

“Ibou in a challenge against Strasbourg, what happened there, we have to see how long it will take but he has been out for a while.

“But we couldn’t solve a problem we had in four weeks with transfers for the whole year. That makes no sense to us at the moment.

“The transfer window is still open and we’ll see but the plans don’t go in that direction.”

However, Konate’s problems mean centre-back Nat Phillips is unlikely to be loaned out as he will need to cover.

Klopp, at least, has had some good news with goalkeeper Alisson Becker fit enough to start the game against Fulham in the game at noon on Saturday having missed most of pre-season with an abdominal injury during short tour to the Far East.

Jurgen Klopp feels Darwin Nunez is ready for the start of the Premier League season (Hendrik Schmidt/DPA) (PA wire)

The manager is also confident that Nunez is ready to go straight to the side if required, having made a big impact as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s FA Community Shield win over Manchester City.

“Darwin is ready, but does that mean he has to start? I don’t know,” he added.

“We have different options and that’s what we’re going to use and Darwin needs time to get used to a lot of things but he’s been a real help and it all went very quickly from the get go. the first game (pre-season) when I thought ‘What are we doing with him? ‘.

“Not because of him but because of the passes we played for him. It was the right pre-season for him and we gave him a lot of work to do.

“He has completely settled down. He said he himself was very nervous at first and I sympathize with that a lot, that’s normal.

“But he settles in pretty quickly because all the players, not just the Spanish speakers, it’s very helpful and he feels at home after a short period of time.

“He’s had a real impact in the first final we were able to play but the work won’t stop and he’s in the best position possible.”

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