Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he makes daily recommendations with regards to new centre back additions, but those in charge of the Anfield purse strings are preventing defensive additions being made.
The Reds have been hit with an injury crisis at centre half this season following serious, and potentially season-ending, knee injuries struck down first choice pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Joel Matip has also missed 10 Premier League games this term due to a selection of short-term niggling injuries, forcing midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to drop into defence. The Reds have since suffered a downturn in form; they are without a Premier League win since their 7-0 victory over Crystal Palace on 19 December and saw their three-and-a-half-year unbeaten top flight home run come to an end at the hands of Burnley on Thursday.
Despite their shortage of fit senior centre halves, Klopp has previously admitted that bringing in a new defender in January would be unlikely. However, he has since suggested this is not through any choice of his own, but rather due to a lack of financial backing.
“I am not a five-year-old kid any more and if I don’t get what I want I start crying,” Klopp said (via the Mirror). “Most of the time in my life I didn’t get what I wanted, so pretty much used to that.
“We talk about a centre-half, and yes, it would help 100 percent. We discuss the situation pretty much on a daily basis, and I make recommendations.
“But I cannot spend the money. I don’t make these decisions. There are people who are responsible for the whole thing, and I cannot make their decisions.
“When I say this, I know of course what we would do in an ideal world, but the world is not ideal. So we have to deal with the situation. We have improve with this squad – that’s my job, not sitting here and being disappointed or frustrated with some decisions. I think that would be read as an excuse and we don’t need that.”