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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has some problems which need solving after a third successive match without victory (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has some problems which need solving after a third successive match without victory (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has some problems which need solving after a third successive match without victory (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out recruiting a defender in this month's transfer window, but he admits the club's financial position will affect his ambitions.

Klopp played midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho as make-shift centre-back in Monday night's Premier League game against Southampton, with the 1-0 defeat sparking fresh calls for him to sign a defender.

With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez set to miss the rest of this season with long-term injuries and Joel Matip struggling to maintain his fitness, Klopp would relish the chance to sign a defender and yet the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic may block his ambitions.

"I can't say definitely we won't bring someone in, it's just not likely because of the situation in the world," said Klopp.

"It's a tough one for all people and football clubs. Some clubs don't have financial problems but this club - these owners - very responsible.

"I don't know if something will happen or not. It would be a short-term solution and that is not right, it doesn't help really. So we deal like we have so far. It's not the best moment for the whole planet so why would it be for a football club?"

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Lille's Sven Botman and the financial woes being endured by the French club could pave the way for a move this month.

Yet Klopp admits his side need quick-fix after three games without a win, as he hinted he may pick a strong team for Friday night's FA Cup third round clash at Aston Villa.

"Each win helps, that is clear, so that is what we try to do," added the coach who has tended to pick youthful performers in the early rounds of the FA Cup in recent years.

"We need to find a balance with a team we haven't changed too much. We need some fresh legs.

"The opponent is too strong for us (to change too many players). We have eight days between this and Manchester United. We can do a lot of stuff to prepare for that. It will help us a lot.

"It's important, FA Cup. We didn't go far so far (in recent seasons). We have not been blessed with sensational draws, now Villa is tough too. We have always taken it seriously but we cannot forget the intensity of the period. We are professionals and only thing we have to do is win. We try to do that."

Klopp's comments on the transfer window back up the sentiments emerging from the club, as they continue to insist they will not make a signing this month.

Yet the same views were being aired last summer as they continued to distance themselves from any interest in Thiago Alcantara until the Spanish international arrived at the club.

Klopp's decision to leave young defenders Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips on the bench for the Southampton game was a clear effort to highlight his defensive woes, but he is now in the hands of Liverpool owners who are notoriously prudent with their transfer spending.

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