Jurgen Klopp's answer to Journalists regarding Liverpool's January transfer plans

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round

Liverpool suffered a setback in what has been a very promising first half of the season after they were defeated in the third round of the FA Cup by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 2-1 loss has caused Klopp's team selection to be heavily scrutinised due to the number of youngsters featured in the starting 11.

The Reds remain four points clear at the top of the Premier League and, looking at the result optimistically, have less of a distraction to their title challenge moving forward.

 

Dejan Lovren came off injured just six minutes into the defeat, resulting in 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever making his debut.

Despite the third youngest Liverpool player in history impressing, it still spells trouble for Klopp's defence that he had to resort to a player of such little experience.

Inevitably, this caused the main topic of conversation in the post-match press conference to be about Liverpool's plans in the January transfer market especially after the Croat's injury concerns.

Klopp - as humorous as ever - answered the eagerly anticipating journalists in a way that seemingly only he can.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round

"The only country that asks a question like this is England. Everything is sorted with buying players," Klopp said.

“We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.

“We need them back but you cannot buy a fifth centre-half and say ‘so you play two weeks and after that the others come in’”.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round

Klopp also added some positive news regarding the fitness of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

“[Joe is] getting better, it’s getting better, but he is not yet involved,” the German told reporters.

“Joel is maybe a bit closer, I’m not sure, but hopefully he moves completely normal.

"We have to see how the bone healing is, that’s always how it is when something [has] broke, but from his movements, it looks nearly normal."

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With a maiden Premier League title getting ever closer it would be safe to say a clean bill of fitness in defence would be placed higher in terms of importance than a decent cup run.

So when we look back at this campaign, an early FA Cup exit could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. 

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