Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool’s decision not to bolster their strikeforce during the transfer window as he told supporters: “Trust us.”
The Reds’ inactivity on deadline day meant that on-loan defender Steven Caulker was the only new addition to the squad in January.
Liverpool did buy teenage midfielder Marko Grujic for £5million early on in the window but he was immediately loaned back to Red Star Belgrade.
Hopes of landing Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Alex Teixeira were dashed with Liverpool unwilling to meet the £38million asking price.
Klopp insists he fully supported the club’s decision not to pay over the odds for the prolific Brazilian and says he’s happy to wait until the summer to strengthen.
“It’s very important that yes, you can trust us,” Klopp said.
“It was absolutely a common decision (on Teixeira). We said we can’t play this game until the end.
“We made offers. I won’t say too much about that, but they were realistic, absolutely, with the pluses of it being January, the Premier League, all the pluses you have when you make negotiations with other clubs.
“But it was a case of ‘if you don’t want it okay, we can’t change the situation, do what you want’. It’s important for now and for the future. It’s not that we haven’t got money or anything, but you have to work respectfully and responsibly.
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“That’s what we do. We will do things, for sure, not in this transfer window, but we will do things.
“It’s not that you should buy and sell, buy and sell. In my opinion usually I make a one-year contract with the players.
“I know they have them for longer, but for me I say ‘okay, yes, you are in my team and if you don’t play the biggest rubbish in your life, I will trust you, you have to trust me’.
“And after a year, we’ll look. Maybe he wants somewhere else, maybe I want him to go somewhere else. That’s football.
“Now we’re in the middle of the season, I have been here for four months and nothing has happened on transfers. I am fine with that. We can go on working.”
Teixeira was desperate to move to Anfield having publicly declared that “it would be an honour to wear the Liverpool shirt”.
However, negotiating with Shakhtar proved problematic for the Reds with the asking price fluctuating from £38million to £53million and then back again.
Billionaire owner Rinat Akhmetov believes that Shakhtar were guilty of selling Douglas Costa too cheaply when he went to Bayern Munich for £22.5million last summer and was determined to ensure they didn’t make the same mistake again.
Teixeira, who has netted 26 goals so far this term, is likely to be sold in the summer but there are no guarantees that Liverpool will go back in for him. At the end of the season there will be much greater choice of talent available and in all likelihood better value elsewhere.
We have enough strikers if they are all fit
A lack of firepower between now and May remains a concern with the Reds having scored just 30 goals in 23 league games ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Premier League leaders Leicester City.
Top scorer Christian Benteke, who boasts seven in all competitions, remains out of favour with Roberto Firmino expected to lead the line at the King Power Stadium.
However, reinforcements are on the way, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi will both be back in full training later this week, along with attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who has been sidelined for a month with a hamstring strain.
Danny Ings is also stepping up his rehab following surgery on a torn cruciate ligament as he prepares to move from the gym to the outside pitches.
“We have enough strikers if they are all fit,” Klopp added.
“I had lunch with Ingsy a few minutes ago. He’s not in the perfect way, but Tuesday will be his first time outside again.
“He’s still a long way away from being available but he’s here.
“So we have four strikers – although some are injured – plus Roberto.
“If we had found a solution in the offence that helped us not only for three weeks, but for three months or more, I would have said ‘okay, that could really change the game in the future’.
“If we had, then we would’ve done it – but only for the right price, the normal price and not something else.
“The situation that we had wasn’t too easy but it gave us the chance to show more faith and trust in young players than normal.
“I don’t think we’d have seen a few of these young lads in important games without injury problems and now we have it’s good for us, good for them, good for everybody. Now we know the squad is deep.
“Just because a player is available again doesn’t mean he’s fit or in the best shape because you need games, but we have the players. We cannot ignore the situation we have and I am fine with this.”
Klopp will welcome back into the squad the 10 outfield players he rested for Saturday’s FA Cup tie with West Ham. He must decide whether to start Dejan Lovren ahead of Kolo Toure after the Croatian centre-back came through his comeback from injury unscathed.
Captain Jordan Henderson has been passed fit for duty after resting his long-standing heel complaint and he is set to make his 200th appearance for the Reds.