With a ‘desperate’ admission, Jurgen Klopp hints at a Liverpool transfer.
LIVERPOOL appear to be lacking in firepower up front.
Jurgen Klopp has hinted at a potential transfer after admitting that Takumi Minamino is “desperately” needed by Liverpool.
For the next month or so, the Reds will be without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who are both competing in the African Cup of Nations.
Klopp has emphasized the importance of the fit-again Minamino, making it unlikely that Liverpool will sign an attacker this month.
Liverpool appear to be lacking in attack with Salah and Mane unavailable due to their participation in the AFCON.
Diogo Jota is the only regular starter left, and Roberto Firmino will be relieved to be back in the starting lineup.
Divock Origi and Minamino have both made appearances off the bench, though the Japanese international has recently overcome a minor muscle complaint.
Minamino was introduced in the second half of Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town on Sunday.
Klopp expressed his delight at having him back in the team.
“After his injury, Taki only trained twice; the game was part of his rehabilitation,” the German explained.
“Taki was hurt, not badly, but badly enough that he couldn’t play.”
It won’t be the longest rehabilitation he’s ever had.
“But he’s back, and he’s crucial for us, especially now that we have a lot of games coming up, and we all know two of our key players up front aren’t here.”
“When Taki first came on, I liked him a lot because he was in great shape.
“But, of course, the injury had a minor impact on him, that’s how it is.”
It’s great that he’s back, because we really need him.”
Liverpool could sign a new striker in January, with Divick Origi’s contract expiring in the summer.
Jota, a Portuguese striker, has mostly led the line this season, scoring an impressive 10 goals in the Premier League, relegating Firmino to a supporting role.
Luis Diaz of Porto has been linked with a January move to Anfield, which would provide immediate cover for Salah and Mane.
But it’s unclear whether Klopp is looking for a long-term replacement for Origi following Jota’s switch to central midfield.