Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his current squad has the qualities to succeed this season as he remains hesitant over signing players during the summer transfer window. The Reds have been linked with a host of players since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers, however, the 48-year-old is averse to making wholesale changes.
Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Red Star Belgrade's Marko Grujic have all been linked with January moves to Merseyside however Klopp has played down the need to add to his squad. The German coach has lost just two of his 14 matches in charge and away wins at Chelsea and Manchester City suggest the club's fortunes are about to change.
However, Liverpool are ready to buck the trend of previous transfer windows by resisting the urge to make any new signings, but wait for the return of their injured players. Six players are currently on the sidelines nursing various injury problems, including defender Dejan Lovren and Klopp is prepared to wait for them to resume their campaigns.
"It's much more important to work with people and if you trust them they have to feel it – and not just for two days but for a longer time," the Liverpool manager said, according to Goal.com. "That's not how the world should run. If we have problems it's not with quality, it's maybe with concentration or other things. But we don't know if players we get will do it better. I'd give the advice to stay cool and see what happens.
"If we need something we will do it, not talk about it before. In this moment I don't think about it. No one should be in doubt that we are prepared for any situation. We have 24 hours always at work. We always watch players on video but if we take them in winter, in summer or never I don't know at this moment.
"Jon Flanagan will come back in next week, then we will have two left-backs and two right-backs. I don't feel we have to look at other people just because they cost £20m. We have four centre-backs when Mama [Sakho] is back - Kolo [Toure] is the fourth because of his age but now he's always available.
"In midfield we have Hendo [Jordan Henderson] back so that's like a new option for us. We have other offensive players and we have more strikers than others, so where is the space? In January we don't know how many games we have, maybe every three days, so we have to be prepared.
"We know all the players in world football. Some fit us, some don't. The challenge for us [Liverpool] over the next month and years is to rotate but not to lose quality. You need 20-22 high quality players who are ready for it."