Klopp blocks Liverpool striker's January exit


Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are still open to making signings in the January transfer market, but stressed that he will continue to focus on the players now at the club.

After losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, the German has decided that he needs Woodburn as back up to his current first-team strikers.

Jurgen Klopp has blocked Ben Woodburn's Liverpool exit this month.

He said: "My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys".

He continued: "We have a few problems with players feeling ill or unwell".

"(Adam) Lallana isn't the replacement for Coutinho but he's a fantastic player".

"Mo and Raggy are on the good side of it already, but with Dejan, we are not 100 percent sure [if he will be back today]". "Are we active? No".

The final update from Klopp concerned Nathaniel Clyne and the Liverpool manager says he's doing well and is close to returning to full training following a long-term back injury. If there are any rumors, I'm not aware of that, but it's not too important. "We will see what happens until January 31".

"We have a long and very decisive part of the season still to play", he said. "We need all of our players, we will see how it will be".

It was the former who started against Manchester City in the Reds' thrilling 4-3 victory at Anfield.

The Anfield club lie in third place, three points behind Manchester United and 15 behind table-toppers City. He has settled, a lot of things about his game are natural. "They will be like "I knew he was good but I didn't know he was this good" if he can avoid injury". If something jumped in my face maybe we'd think about it.

"Do you really think that I change my mind that quick?"

Ragnar Klavan and Mohamed Salah are fit again following illness, and Jordan Henderson is nearing a return but is unlikely to be fit for Swansea.

"Clyney is doing well but still a little way to go until he is back in completely normal training".