Liverpool in search for new midfielder as Klopp admits his mistake
- Liverpool is facing a midfield fiasco with most midfielders out injured
- The Reds are yet to win a single Premier League attempt this season drawing two and losing to Manchester United
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed the club is searching for a new midfielder
Liverpool is in the market in search for a new midfielder before the end of the transfer window after a poor start to the 2022/23 Premier League season, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.
Liverpool’s unimpressive start to the Premier League season – which has seen them get just two points from three games – has been attributed by injury woes.
Monday’s 2-1 defeat to old rivals Manchester United side who were also having a poor start to the season was seen as something of a wake-up call, with Liverpool’s starting midfield trio of James Milner, Harvey Elliott and Jordan Henderson failing to match the temper.
The Reds’ were without Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Brazilian Fabinho was only fit enough to feature from the bench.
Thiago and Jones are expected to be back in contention soon, but clearly something has changed in Klopp’s mind as the manager had previously been insistent about Liverpool not needing midfield reinforcements.
Speaking to the Press on Friday, Klopp said that there was really nothing to say about it because the club is looking for it, and if it is the right player, the club will make an attempt of signing before the transfer deadline day.
Asked if his decision was down to the poor start to the season and injuries, he replied: “That changed. I know we have had this discussion now since it all started; I am the one who said we don’t need a midfielder, and now we go looking for a midfielder – you [the media] were all right and I was wrong.
“So, again, Curtis comes back, Thiago is not too far off, Diogo [Jota] not too far off, Joel [Matip] comes back. That all eases the situation slightly.
“It would be great if nobody gets on the [injury] list on the other side. But yeah, a really intense time coming up, we know all that. It’s just we cannot change, or we will not change, for that now the way we deal with the situation, so there is nothing really for me to say to you in this moment. So, let’s see.”
Among the midfielders massively linked with Liverpool recently have been Borussia Dortmund and England talent Jude Bellingham and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong – who has also attracted Manchester United and Chelsea.
Neither appear straightforward targets, but Klopp said he does not want to just sign any player.
“I don’t know, we will see,” Klopp said when asked if they can get someone in before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
“It needs to be the right player, but we are working, and we will see if something will happen or not. As you can imagine, we are actually working constantly on these kind of things, and there are reasons why it is sometimes not happening – sometimes too expensive, sometimes not the right player – but then the situation changes.
“One thing stays important, and it’s that it needs to be the right player. If we do something, it’ll be that we are 100 per cent convinced about it, and if we are not convinced, then we don’t do it.”