The Athletic’s James Pearce has dropped an update on Liverpool’s plans for the rest of the January transfer window…
Jurgen Klopp’s side have yet to bring in any new faces this month, and saw their AFCON-depleted squad muster only a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash against Arsenal at Anfield on Thursday night.
And, in a post-match discussion with fans, Pearce responded to questions about whether the club would be looking to make any new signings in these final couple of weeks of the transfer window.
He said: “As things stand not expecting any incomings. A year ago that situation changed rapidly towards the end of the window so let’s wait and see. I think we saw enough from Kaide Gordon last Sunday to believe he can have an impact in the coming weeks. I’d definitely have him on the bench for a game like this, especially with Origi still missing.
“Not heard him mentioned (Frenkie de Jong) but it’s certainly an area of the squad I’m expecting to see reinforced next summer.”
While Pearce gave a rather disappointing claim that as things stand, he doesn’t expect any new incomings, he did leave the door open for the Reds to come up with a surprise – something that will surely excite supporters.
Liverpool looked a shadow of themselves against Arsenal on Thursday, absent of both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, while injuries also robbed them of the likes of Thiago in midfield.
It all meant that despite the man advantage following Granit Xhaka’s sending off, they were unable to make it count, and head into the second leg at the Emirates with the tie finely poised.
Bringing in new faces would help alleviate some of the injury concerns they’ve had and also the fact Salah and Mane remain at AFCON, and would give them that extra boost heading into the second-half of the campaign.
As Pearce says, given how things changed so quickly last January, Liverpool fans could still be in for a welcome surprise come the end of the January transfer window.
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