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kop talk Jurgen Klopp talks transfer options as he calls for clarity over Premier League Covid issues

The Reds boss could be without at least two members of that trio for a month from the start of January and while Egyptian Salah and Senegal’s Mane will be huge misses.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no plans to find cover for his African Cup of Nations absentees (Adam Davy/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no plans to find cover for his African Cup of Nations absentees (Adam Davy/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no plans to find cover for his African Cup of Nations absentees (Adam Davy/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no plans to find transfer window solutions for African Nations Cup absentees Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita.

The Reds boss could be without at least two members of that trio for a month from the start of January and while Egyptian Salah and Senegal’s Mane will be huge misses, it is difficult to replace them.

“We knew three would be qualified and be there and we knew that at least two of them will go pretty far in the tournament,” said Klopp.

“Can you be prepared for something like that, properly, perfectly? Like a one-for-one replacement for Sadio, a replacement for Mo, one replacement for Naby?

“That’s tricky in each situation but I am happy with the squad and we have options to play and still to play football.

“The thing is there are so many games coming up when we are still together – that is the most intense period now – but then we have a lot of games when Mo and Naby and Sadio are not here.

“That means we have to find line-ups for these games, even when we have cup competitions we have to find line-ups for these games as well, and that is the situation so you can never be perfectly prepared for this.

“We are quite confident we will find solutions.”

Klopp accepts his side may not be at their best without Salah and Mane but he believes they will find a way to win games to keep them in the title race.

“Whoever will play in the period when the three boys are not here, will have a plan, and gives us a chance to win a football game,” he added.

“Can we play exactly the same kind of football? Probably not – but who cares? Then we play the football we are able to play then.

“You cannot always have the perfect solution. In this case we are far away from being the perfect solution without these players but we knew it and we now we have to deal with it.”

Meanwhile, Klopp believes there should be more transparency when it comes to players testing positive for Covid-19 to avoid questions over the legitimacy of asking for matches to be postponed.

On Wednesday evening Burnley’s scheduled encounter with Watford at Turf Moor was postponed a matter of hours before kick-off following an outbreak in the Hornets camp.

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Tottenham and Manchester United both had to call off Premier League games due to coronavirus cases within the club while Aston Villa went ahead with their fixture at Norwich on Tuesday after two positives among the players.

Klopp, who reported his squad was Covid-free ahead of the visit of Newcastle, believes greater openness would help in the overall decision making.

Speaking before the Burnley match was called off, Klopp said: “In the Premier League it would be pretty helpful if we really knew exactly what the situation is.

“From my point of view I don’t know 100 per cent why we are not more open. A lot of people catch Covid. If I catch it – hopefully not – I’d be fine to tell.

“Why do we hide players? No-one knows the number of players, it’s always like ‘Some staff, some players’.

“Come on, say it then everyone can understand you are not able to play. I would prefer that but I’m not sure if from a legal point of view it is possible.

“It’s something which we are all in the same situation as human-beings and I really think no-one should hide it.

“It is absolutely helpful when people know you are not in the best place so they can help you but if people don’t know they can doubt it or whatever – that is why I think a bit more transparency would be helpful.”

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