Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Premier League bosses are under immense pressure to spend big in the January transfer window, labelling it “impossible” for them to turn down opportunities—per BBC’s Football Focus (via Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror):
“I can understand why everybody makes January transfers. It seems to be the only possibility everyone is satisfied with. It is impossible to say 'no, we won't do it'.”
According to Prenderville, the Reds have been linked with big-money swoops for the likes of Salvatore Sirigu and Leroy Sane, yet Klopp insists that managers don’t necessarily know what they’re getting for their money despite being pressured into purchases:
“I can understand that other people feel pressure. It is better to do something than to stay together so you can buy somebody and say 'I tried'. You take a player for a horrible or crazy price to say 'we did it', and not be sure he can help you, because you cannot be sure.”
Fans tend to turn to the January window as a quick fix for their season, with relative unknowns emerging out of the woodwork and somehow being labelled perfect signings.
It’s difficult to pick an area of the Liverpool squad that’s in desperate need of tweaking, as Klopp has a vast array of talent at his disposal.
Injuries could well twist the German’s arm, though, as he told Sky Sports back in November that while signing players in the winter isn’t ideal, it could be necessary:
“The January transfer window is not the perfect one because you have no time to train. I don't know what will happen in January, if we have more injuries it will be important, of course.”
Plenty of players are resigned to the Anfield treatment table, including the likes of Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Jordan Henderson and James Milner.
That much could send Klopp into the market to face the treacherous task of signing the right player.