Jurgen Klopp optimistic on Anfield deadline transfers
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested that the club will look to bring in fresh faces before the transfer window shuts on February 1, while opposing boss Slaven Bilic is in confident mood ahead of the sides’ FA Cup fourth round clash.
"We are always busy, we always check the possibilities [for transfers]. If something happens, we will see!" the German told reporters regarding the transfer situation at Anfield.
Reports today suggest that the Merseyside outfit have been priced out of a move for Brazilian forward Alex Teixeira.
Regarding the Reds’ midweek exertions against Stoke, where they were taken to a penalty shootout for a place in the Capital One Cup Final, Klopp admitted his side did not perform as well as they can.
"The Stoke game maybe was not our best football ever but we broke records and ran 156km. Stoke had 3km less - so it was intense.
"The last two wins were great for us. It was a great experience. It helps in terms of becoming a better team.
"The team showed in the last few weeks that they don't give up in the game."
Clearly the effort put in during the win over Stoke has taken its toll, with Klopp confirming that he will enact changes for Saturday's FA Cup tie while hoping that no more replays are on the horizon for his side after Exeter forced the Premier League side to a second third-round tie.
"It will be a different team, for sure. We have to make a few changes, we will make them, but only because we want to win the game.
"I don't want a replay - I would like to win without a second game!"
The spectacled gaffer also supplied an injury update on several of the club’s players.
"Dejan Lovren was on the bench against Stoke and is now back. Philippe Coutinho is close to returning to training.
"Nathaniel Clyne (will) possibly (be available for Saturday). We are not sure. He feels much better.
"Daniel Sturridge is still working. He needs consistency in sessions and that's what we try to do."
Club captain Jordan Henderson is battling a “long-term injury and still having pain" so will remain out of contention.
Slaven Bilic, meanwhile, was in confident mood ahead of Saturday evening’s fourth round clash.
"We are going to do everything we can to beat them. Losing would be a blow but it wouldn't be a shock - it's Liverpool at home.
"I was not happy with the draw. We were on the coach to Bournemouth when we heard, and I didn't think 'yes, we've beaten them twice'. I thought 'it's Liverpool'," the Upton Park boss added.
"It is one of the most difficult games we could have got. But we are confident, we beat them twice and have the recent memory of beating them, and we know what to do in the game to have a chance of beating them again.
"We are very ambitious for the FA Cup and we are looking forward to the game.
"Definitely we will put a very, very strong team out but we will make some changes. Some of the guys who played in the last cup game against Wolves will play again."