Jurgen Klopp Rules Out Liverpool Spending Big in January Transfer Window

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Cardiff City at Anfield on October 27, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Liverpool won't be splashing out on marquee additions in January unless they find themselves in an injury crisis, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Per the Mirror's David Maddock and Mike Walters, the German is happy with his squad and isn't looking to significantly invest in new players unless he has to because he has "two in each position—three sometimes, and even four."

He added:

"I don't think there is any reason to try to do something really big, like bring in another striker.

"At the moment, it doesn't look like we will be too busy to be honest. But it all depends on injuries and things like that. If something happens [to any of the squad] we might have to think new, but in the moment, we have all what we need.

"Our job now is to use the quality that we have, to work with it, because one player doesn't change it."

The Reds may have considered bringing in another forward, but Daniel Sturridge's resurgence has shown he is capable of being a viable understudy to Roberto Firmino up front. The striker has made just three starts this season, but he has registered four goals and an assist.

As Maddock and Walters noted, Liverpool have been linked with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, who is out of contract at Arsenal next summer.

However, the Wales international is aiming to see out the season with the Gunners, per the Evening Standard's James Benge:

James Benge @jamesbenge

Absolutely no surprise that Aaron Ramsey has indicated he won’t leave in January, was never in his best interests. After Arsenal withdrew their offer his best case scenario became moving on a free and getting better wages and signing-on fee.

As such, perhaps Klopp would prefer to wait and snap him up for free then rather than pursue a target further down the wishlist in January.

Liverpool also missed out on Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir in the summer as they attempted to replace Philippe Coutinho following his departure last January.

As sports journalist Jack Sear noted, the effort to sign Fekir is an indication that Klopp is not entirely content with his options:

Jack Sear @JackSear

Carragher also feels Liverpool should be looking to sign a creative midfield player in January. We know Klopp feels the squad is lacking one after Fekir pursuit in the summer. Question is - is right player available in January?

However, as with Ramsey, a January deal may not be forthcoming.

What's more, summer capture Xherdan Shaqiri has been impressing of late, per football writer Leanne Prescott:

Leanne Prescott @_lfcleanne

Shaqiri has been an absolute livewire, adding the creative dynamism Liverpool have lacked in recent weeks. Perfectly weighted, eye of the needle pass for the 1st and a stunning set off for Salah for the 2nd. A performance of the highest order.

While the Swiss midfielder may not be on the same level as Coutinho or Fekir, he's shown he can contribute until a top-class operator can be brought in, so the Reds need not be in a rush to make moves in January.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and look set to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title, so it's little wonder Klopp isn't aiming to make sweeping changes in January, particularly if the right players will be difficult to bring in at agreeable prices.