Klopp: Liverpool won’t buy striker in January despite Sturridge injuries
15 games into the 2015-16 Premier League season, Liverpool don’t have a single striker with more than four goals to his name (Christian Benteke has four), but Jurgen Klopp says that won’t cause the Reds to panic and dip into the transfer market during the upcoming January window.
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As Klopp sees it, he’s got all the talent he needs at the position — for this year, at least. It’s really just a matter of nursing the oft-injured Daniel Sturridge back to full health and keeping him there.
That is, of course, much easier said than done, as the 26-year-old has appeared in just 22 games (seven goals - all competitions) since that magical 2013-14 season, in which Sturridge scored 24 goals while playing alongside Luis Suarez.Klopp, on why he’s not looking to buy a striker in January — quotes from the Guardian:
“People ask about signing new players to help us. But football should be a good example for life in that if you work together with the right people that should be better than always trying to find better ones from outside. That’s what we have to show.”
Klopp said he does not have “1% of doubt about the quality of this squad” and will be content to work with the attacking trio of Christian Benteke, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino in the absence of the injured Sturridge and Danny Ings.
Klopp will almost certainly look to sign a striker or two of his own once the summer arrives, but as we must always remember, value in the transfer market is nigh impossible to come by during the January window, with many sides so reluctant to sell and the most desirable players already cup-tied to their current clubs for the season.
The Reds, who welcome West Bromwich Albion to Anfield on Sunday (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and online via Live Extra), are desperate for three points in order to keep pace with the handful of other sides vying for a place in the top-four.