Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no intentions of signing a defender in the upcoming January transfer window despite injuries to key players.

Centre-back Joel Matip has not featured for the Reds since the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League. There is no timeframe on when Matip will return.

Fabinho, who plays as a defensive midfielder, is also out injured, but he will return come the New Year.

Defender Dejan Lovren sustained an injury on the weekend against Bournemouth in the Premier League. However, Lovren did complete a light training session yesterday ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash against Salzburg. He flew out to Austria with the squad.

The condition of Lovren is unknown, however, it does appear to not be too serious. Regardless, Klopp is left with two fit senior centre-halves in Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez at the moment, but he does not see it that way.

Klopp said to the media yesterday: “How can you be short of centre halves when you have four centre halves plus Fabinho? Only Fabinho is injured, Matip is injured and Dejan Lovren had a problem, yes.

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool walks off the pitch during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at Vitality Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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“We will not sign a centre half because of injuries – that is the world outside who thinks we are short and we have to do it – but afterwards we would have six centre halves and that wouldn’t make a lot of sense.

“And you need quality. You can’t have just somebody [for the sake of it] – I am somebody, I am tall, not quick, but I look like a centre half at least.

“Yes I am absolutely concerned [about injuries], but Lovren is not injured. It was a little bit of cramp, and the right moment to take him off, but it is cool, everybody is fine.

“We spoke about squad depth, but we had 16 adult players against Everton, 14 adult players against Bournemouth – it’s not that we think we have no clue how to make a squad at the moment.

“How can I tell the boys they are not involved in the squad? We have no problem, there is nobody there I have to explain it to. But yes it is all good, but not perfect.”

Klopp does raise a fair point. Fabinho appears to be the player that will return last, which will be when the New Year comes around. Lovren and Matip should be back relatively soon, meaning there is no reason to go shopping in January.

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