Jurgen Klopp has hit out at Jamie Carragher for suggesting Liverpool should already be working on signing a new centre-back following the injury sustained to Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutch centre-back is not expected to play again this season after tearing his ACL in Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Everton following a reckless challenge from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Anfield legend Carragher believes the club need to act decisively in the absence of Van Dijk and urged the club to have a deal for RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano in place by January 1.
But Klopp is unhappy with the transfer speculation already surrounding Liverpool so soon after Van Dijk’s unfortunate injury and has slammed criticism of his side’s lack of options at centre-back.
Asked if Liverpool might sign a new centre-back at his pre-match press conference before facing Ajax, Klopp hit back: ‘Is anybody interested in the game tomorrow or do we do [this] the whole night?
‘Yes, we went into the season with three centre-halves with Fabinho as cover, plus young kids as cover. That’s usually quite a good number.
‘As a football club it’s difficult to have four world-class centre-halves. On the one side, immediately, it’s pretty expensive, on the other side one of them doesn’t play for a long, long time and that’s pretty difficult because it’s not a position you rotate too much. So it’s a tricky one.
‘If anybody wants to tell us now we made a mistake in the transfer window… I think Jamie Carragher or whatever mentioned already something like this.
‘There are a few reasons why they don’t do this job [being a manager] but they do the other job [being a pundit].
‘But you cannot have the solution always before you have the problem. Yes, it’s not perfect, for sure not, and Joel Matip is not here as well so that’s not perfect.
‘But that’s our situation and we need to deal with it. We will see how we react. We are still a little bit sensitive with the situation, which you are obviously not.
‘That’s exactly the situation why we are in this moment in a completely different mood to you. The first question people ask is, “What are you doing now in the transfer market?” We know since yesterday that our vice-captain and the best centre-half in the world is not playing for us for a long time.
‘We will see how long and now we work on solutions for now, and from a specific moment on we will try to find solutions for the future but I have no idea how they will look in this moment, sorry.’
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