An exasperated Jurgen Klopp hit back at a reporter for asking about Liverpool’s transfer activity this month.
The German, speaking at his pre-Brighton press conference, became irritated and replied with a two-minute monologue outlining why he objected to the question and explaining the Reds’ transfer stance.
Carl Markham, a reporter with the Press Association asked: ‘You said earlier that you can’t solve all problems in the transfer market, is it because you don’t think there are players who can solve the problems, you can’t get them or is it financial?
Klopp interjected before he could finish: ‘Carl, really, honestly Carl, I have done, I think, six-thousand press conferences with Liverpool and you were pretty much part of 5,999 in different seats obviously but you were always there. If you want to write, or whatever, today you don’t write, today you just record, come on… Now I have to tell you again the money story? Really? Really? I have to tell it again?
Jurgen Klopp was annoyed by a transfer question during his pre-Brighton press conference
Cody Gakpo joined in a deal that could rise to £44million earlier this month
‘What could be the reason that we have money like crazy but we don’t buy the players even when they are available? That’s what you think of me? After all the years? So why are you asking the question when the answer lies on the table? I really don’t understand that, I really don’t that.
‘You stand here for… you drove here, I don’t know how you came here, you stand here and this is the question you have. You know the answer. And if I would answer and say “no, no, no, we have money in the bank, massively, we don’t know what to do with it… the players are all there, nah we don’t do that, nah”.
‘But we have, on top of that, the problem that at the moment four of our offensive players are injured. If we buy another one, then they come back, thankfully, not tomorrow but they will come back: Darwin soon, the others a little bit later… they come back and we have seven strikers then.
Liverpool are under pressure to win against Brighton to keep up in the race for the top four
Darwin Nunez is a doubt for Liverpool having missed four training sessions this week
He went on: ‘We couldn’t even put them all on the Champions League list! There are too many, we have to make a decision… who goes on, the new one, the others and stuff like this. It’s just not that easy.
‘You cannot solve the problem, especially with injuries. That’s the main big, big shadow over all of us, because you cannot solve it just in the transfer window. Sometimes you have to, it’s usually we just have to get through until the boys come back and then you can use them again.
Luis Diaz is another attacker out of action
‘So that’s how it is. In our best season we didn’t have a lot of injuries and it was much more intense than it is now. But now we have them and now we have to deal with them.
‘But the transfer market is not for us in this moment the solution. But if something is out there and somebody tells me, yes, we will do it. But for this specific situation I don’t think it will happen.’
Liverpool have new man Cody Gakpo to call upon this weekend for his Premier League debut having signed him earlier this month for a fee that could rise to £44m.
Darwin Nunez has missed four training sessions this week and if he is out of Friday’s team run will miss the trip to the Seagulls.
Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz are long term absentees and Roberto Firmino is yet to resume team training.
Klopp, pictured with Andy Robertson, wants his team to battle through the adversity
Injuries have been a huge concern for Klopp this term but he is clear that the transfer market is not the solution as the Reds chase a top four spot in what has so far been an underwhelming campaign.
Liverpool’s owners FSG are open to selling the club and looking for investment so it was unclear how much cash the Reds had to spend this month. But Gakpo was a welcome addition after they gazumped Manchester United for the Dutchman.
Many believe the real area of concern is in midfield, with the likes of Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo and long-term target Jude Bellingham all options.
But it now seems unlikely that Liverpool will part will dive into the market again this month unless, as Klopp says, a key target becomes available for the right price.
Liverpool play Brighton on Saturday at 3:00pm and are currently just one point above Roberto De Zerbi’s team in seventh.
Diogo Jota is among the long-term absentees for Liverpool having been injured last October