Introduction: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp held a press conference ahead of the Reds’ clash with Brighton this weekend, providing updates on the fitness of several players, including Roberto Firmino and Darwin Nunes. Klopp also discussed the chances of Liverpool making any more signings this month, as well as praising Brighton for their shrewd transfer business. With four of their six strikers currently injured, Klopp believes that the club cannot solve all their problems in the transfer window. Liverpool will be hoping to get back to winning ways against the Seagulls and Klopp is expecting a tough game against a side that have improved significantly since Roberto De Zerbi took charge.
To him before Brighton In a press conference, Jurgen Klopp provided an update on the fitness of several players, including Roberto Firmino and Darwin Nunes, and discussed the Reds’ chances of signing more players this month.
Here are the key moments from Klopp’s pre-Brighton press conference…
Injuries – Bad news for Bobby and Nunes
The injury situation at Liverpool really isn’t getting any better.
Klopp said Firmino was “not close” to a return to training as the Brazilian was initially expected to be sidelined for 10 days to two weeks.
Nunes is also an injury doubt ahead of the visit to Brighton, but James Milner and Stefan Baisetic are back fit.
“At the first moment it was like a small injury, meant for 10 days – two weeks,” Klopp said of Firmino.
“He did the usual rehab, all the specialists told us what we could do, then Bobby felt something again. It kept him going longer.
“I don’t know exactly when he’ll be back, it’s nowhere near team training.”
“We’re waiting for information,” he said of Nunes.
“It’s not serious, but it still didn’t allow him to train.” We have to wait for that.”
More arrivals in January are unlikely
Liverpool fans hoping for new signings this month appear to be disappointed.
“I don’t think so, it’s just a situation,” Klopp said when asked if there would be any new signings in January.
“My job is to use the guys we have and I have no problem, I like the teams we play.
“You can’t solve all problems in the transfer window. In dreamland you would just buy players now but I don’t see that.
Disappointing response to the translation question
Klopp was not happy when asked to explain why Liverpool “couldn’t solve all their problems in the transfer market”.
“I have to tell you the money story again, don’t I?” said Klopp.
“Why ask a question when the answer is on the table? I really don’t get it.
“At the moment, four of our six strikers are injured. If we buy one more, the others will come back and then we will have seven strikers.
“We couldn’t even get them on the Champions League list. It is not that simple.
“You can’t solve problems, especially injuries, in the transfer window.
Praise for Brighton
Klopp had plenty of good things to say about this weekend’s opponents, who he believes have improved under Roberto De Zerbi since the Italian took charge in his first game against the Reds in November.
Among his compliments was one for their shrewd transfer business.
“Smart intellect, right decisions,” he said.
“They obviously have good links with South America – maybe Chelsea will have them in the future!”