Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he could dip into the transfer market before the end of the month to add cover to his forward line, which is currently depleted due to injuries. Christian Benteke is the only fit striker at the moment but he has fallen out of favour with the manager and has been spending a considerable amount of time on the bench in recent matches.
The Reds take on Manchester United in a crunch clash at Anfield on Sunday (17 January) and the former Borussia Dortmund manager is without Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge, who are all sidelined with injury, with the former ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury. The latter two, however, are facing comparatively shorter spells on the sidelines, with the Belgian expected to return in a month following a knee surgery, while the Englishman is on a special training programme to rid him of the constant injury troubles he has faced over the last one-and-a-half seasons.
The Merseyside club are also facing an injury crisis in defence with Mamadou Sakho and veteran Kolo Toure the only fit centre-backs ahead of their clash against their arch rivals. While the manager is wary of signing too many players, he has made it clear that their focus in the ongoing transfer window will be to bolster the offensive side of the team.
"It's not easy. We are two weeks without a player so you think 'okay, we'll take another one', but then in two weeks we have one too much or two too much," Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. "They all come back. Buying players is not too easy. We don't have too many striking options that is true.
"It is the same with the centre-halves. Martin (Skrtel) will be a few weeks still. Dejan (Lovren), not fit. Mama (Sakho), problems. Kolo (Toure)? Experience. Very experienced! But he is great."
"So then we had to do something. We are always watching the offensive ends for what we can do. Probably, maybe or never. Then we have to make decisions about where we want to go," the German manager explained.