Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the club's injury list with dictate whether they sign new players during the upcoming January transfer window. The German boss wants more time to assess his squad and is not yet certain of his plans in the upcoming window.
Klopp has lost just one of his opening eight games in charge of the Reds, the latest success coming in the 4-1 thrashing of Manchester City which highlight the club's improvement since the exit of Brendan Rodgers. The German has nevertheless only been charge of the club for six weeks and is still to properly assess many of the club's squad.
Seven players are currently on the Liverpool treatment table, with Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique, Jordan Rossiter, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan all out with respective injuries. Klopp says he will assess the absentees before making any decision over Liverpool activity in the transfer window but is hesitant from dipping into the market.
"The January transfer window is not the perfect one because you have no time to train," the Liverpool boss told Sky Sports before the win at the Etihad Stadium. "I don't know what will happen in January, if we have more injuries it will be important, of course. But at this moment, there's no decision.
"I think six weeks is not long enough to judge. I know in this world we judge after one second sometimes but that is in football and in my opinion is not allowed. I am not the guy who today buys 10 players and tomorrow sells ten players because we want to work together. If I have a good idea we try to find a way to bring it on the pitch and that needs time.
"Sometimes I feel like I am the only one in this country who believes in training and not in transfers. I love this game because training can make people, and people can make the difference and a common idea can make the difference."
Liverpool face an anxious wait to discover whether Philippe Coutinho will become the latest addition to that injury list after the Brazil playmaker went off in the win at City. Klopp is hopeful Coutinho is only suffering from cramp but the player will be assessed in the coming days.