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Jurgen Klopp has no idea if Liverpool will sign any defenders in January

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Liverpool boss is unaware if the club will make any January signings.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has no idea if the club will target a new defender in the January transfer window.

The Premier League champions have been rocked by long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, leaving Joel Matip as the only recognized senior center-back.

Right-back Trent-Alexander Arnold is also sidelined while Fabinho who has filled the void in defence in the past has been struggling with injury in a cramped fixture schedule.

Nathaniel Phillips, 23, started in the 2-1 win over West Ham at the end of last month, while Neco Williams and Rhys Williams are other younger alternatives ahead of Sunday’s match against Leicester City.

There are just six weeks to go until the transfer window opens but Klopp said those already at the club have the opportunity to stake a claim.

The Liverpool manager wants his youngsters Williams and Nathaniel Philipps to follow the shoes of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic who were both instrumental for Dortmund, winning two back to back Bundesliga titles under Klopp.

In the pre-match conference last night Klopp said :

I don’t want to compare situations, but I came to Dortmund in 2008 and my two centre-halves were 19 and 20 that winter, [Mats] Hummels and [Neven] Subotic, and we played with them for pretty much the entire time.

“We have talent here. They are young, 18, 19, 23, and we have more experienced players. And in a couple of weeks hopefully we will have midfielders who can play the more defensive role as well.

The German is unsure whether the club will sign anyone in the January transfer window, with the Reds already being linked with many names including the likes of Perr Schuurs, Milan Skriniar, David Alaba.

He, however, insists he’s happy to work with what he has and says if Liverpool wins the Premier League this season, it will a bigger achievement than last season.

The Premier League champions have received a much-needed injury boost after Fabinho and Oxlade Chamberlain returned to full team training yesterday.

They, however, will be without the likes of Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Trent Alexander Arnold and the centre back pair of Van Dijk and Gomez against Leicester City.

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