Jurgen Klopp has spoken out about Liverpool's failed pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira, insisting that his side has enough forwards without the Brazilian.
Liverpool reportedly made an offer of around £30 million for Teixeira, however his club insisted that unless his £50 million release clause was activated, he'd be going nowhere.
Inevitably, the January window closed last evening without any new arrivals - the third consecutive winter window that has happened at Anfield - leaving some fans concerned over the club's lack of firepower as they look to break into the top four and earn Champions League qualification this term.
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Daniel Sturridge's injury problems are well documented, while summer signing Christian Benteke hasn't scored in his last nine games.
However, Klopp insists he's happy with Liverpool's decision not to continue their pursuit of Teixeira when it became apparent that Shakhtar weren't willing to negotiate, and says there's enough goals in his squad to see them through until May.
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The German boss said: “It’s very, very important that, yes, you can trust us,” he said. “It was a common decision (on Teixeira). We said, 'We can’t play this game until the end.'
“We made offers, I won’t say too much about that, but they were realistic, absolutely, with the premium of it being January, the Premier League, all the plusses you have when you make negotiations. But it was a case of, 'If you don’t want it, okay, we can’t change the situation, both for now and the future."
“It’s not that we haven’t got money or anything, but you have to work respectfully and responsibly. That’s what we do. We will do things, for sure. Not in this window, but we will. It is like it is and it’s not you should buy and sell, buy and sell.”
Liverpool take on top-of-the-table Leicester this evening, with 13 points separating Jurgen Klopp's men from the Foxes.
There was some good news for Klopp, with Sturridge and defender Martin Skrtel close to returning to training ahead of the clash, while Philippe Coutinho is nearing a return too. Belgian youngster Divock Origi should also be available, and Klopp is confident in the players he has.
“We have enough strikers, if they are all fit. So we have four strikers – although some are injured - plus Roberto [Firmino, the attacking midfielder who has four goals in the last four games].
"If we were to find a solution in the offence that helps us not for three weeks, but three months or more, I would say okay.
“If we had, then we would’ve done it - but only for the right price, the normal price and not something else. The situation that we had wasn’t too easy but gave us the chance to show more faith and trust in young players than normal.”
Will Klopp come to regret not spending money at January come the end of the season?
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