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Klopp predicts signings as Liverpool pick up three injuries in Stoke win

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Klopp hugs the injured Coutinho as he leaves the game early
Klopp hugs the injured Coutinho as he leaves the game early

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he will be forced into the transfer market due to an over worked treatment room.

Already with injuries of to defenders Martin Skrtel, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan, Liverpool lost playmaker Philippe Coutinho and defender Dejan Lovren to hamstring injuries inside 35 minutes of their 1-0 Capital One cup semi-final first leg win over Stoke.

Mamadou Sakho is Klopp's only fit centre-back and he missed the Stoke game with a minor knee problem, while Kolo Toure gingerly limped off at full-time holding the back of his thigh. 

It is a tale of woe that Klopp confirms is likely to force him to spend in this month's transfer scramble"

Klopp was impressed with his side's performance, but bemoaned the loss of two more players, Coutinho and Lovren, to potentially serious hamstring injuries.

He said on Sky Sports 1: "I am absolutely proud of the performance of my team tonight. They were from the first second of the game perfect reaction from the last game.

"But we had for sure two bad, I think, injuries and that's why I'm not only lucky tonight."

Asked if they would be long-term injuries, the German added: "I don't know, but when two players go out, you watch longer British football than myself so you know what it means usually."

Klopp added: "In our situation with now three injured centre-halves and the only fit one (Toure) got a cramp in the last minute, that's not the most funny thing in the world."

Klopp's call for a response after a woeful weekend display was heeded from the off with Roberto Firmino, playing as a nominal number nine instead of Benteke, testing Jack Butland after just 36 seconds.

It was virtually one-way traffic in the opening half-hour as Stoke's footballing front four of Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Ibrahim Afellay and Arnautovic hardly got a kick and even when they did Bojan completely fluffed his shot when the unmarked Shaqiri cut a low corner back to him.

By then Liverpool had already lost Coutinho to a hamstring injury and when Lovren went off as well it meant the Reds had six players either with, or recovering from, a similar problem - in addition to Jordan Henderson (heel), Danny Ings, Joe Gomez (both long-term knee ligaments) and Sakho on the sidelines.

But just as they appeared to be losing their momentum, Ibe struck at the opportune moment.

Joe Allen appeared to have mis-hit a shot from Adam Lallana's 37th-minute cross but on second inspection the Wales midfielder had opened up his body shape to divert the ball on to Ibe who fired home at the far post.