Klopp resists urge to buy way out of trouble

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no intention of buying his way out of trouble and insists back-to-back defeats is no reason to become “nervous” and dip into the transfer market.

Klopp resists urge to buy way out of trouble

Premier League: Huddersfield v Liverpool

Tonight: John Smith’s Stadium, 8pm

Referee: Kevin Friend

TV: BT Sport

Bet: Huddersfield 9/1 Liverpool 3/10 Draw 4/1

After an 18-match unbeaten run the Reds have now lost to Swansea and, in the FA Cup, West Brom but Klopp insists that does not point to a deficiency in his squad despite having chosen not to replace playmaker Philippe Coutinho following his £142m sale to Barcelona.

“Phil Coutinho is not to replace in this transfer window. We can stop thinking about it,” he said.

“It is not about replacing anyone, it is about using our own opportunities, our own tools, players, tactics and formations.

“Yes, it is right we didn’t play well at Swansea but a few days before we played fantastic against Man City.

“We could have won at Swansea and exactly the same with the last game. It was not about creating chances, it was about different things.

“I don’t think Phil would have helped a lot in these situations.

“We have to get immediately back on the winning track and we need results to reach our targets, we know that, but the solution is not out there in the transfer market in this moment.

“We always have open eyes in situations like that but it is not like there is something out there for us to get because we really think we have to use, first of all, our players.

“Unfortunately in the moment when Phil left Adam (Lallana) got an injury and that was unlucky but that cannot be the reason for getting nervous and going out to try do something.

“In the long term we will do a lot, in the short term I don’t think a lot will happen.”

Liverpool head to Huddersfield tonight where Klopp comes face-to-face on the touchline again with best friend David Wagner.

The Terriers are going through their own sticky spell with just one win in the last eight but the pressure to win is already greater on Liverpool.

“It is how football is, how life is. Two weeks ago we had an 18-game unbeaten run and then you lose twice and everything feels different,” added Klopp.

“That’s OK because for us it is important you feel it and don’t think it is not important.

“We have to make it much better from now on. If you use a defeat to learn from then it is still bad but it is OK. If you don’t learn from it you are silly.

“I don’t look ahead four or five weeks and think ‘That’s an important game’ so it has not changed for Huddersfield.

“We need to show we are really ready for that. Huddersfield is a special place, the whole city fights for the league.

“They don’t expect brilliant football, they expect a proper fight and that is what Huddersfield Town is ready to deliver.

“We need to deliver as well.”

For his part, Wagner described Liverpool as “vulnerable” ahead of tonight’s game at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“Liverpool have lost two games in a row. They look vulnerable at the minute,” Wagner said. “Does it mean we will be successful? No. Does it mean we have a chance? Absolutely.

“We have in every game, especially here at the John Smith’s Stadium, and if there’s a chance we will be there to grab it with both hands.”

Wagner, best man at Klopp’s wedding, saw his side lose 3-0 at Anfield in October, but said a second Premier League encounter would still be special.

“Yes it is different and he’s special as well,” Wagner said. “We have a friendship and a relationship which is extraordinary, but tomorrow night at 8pm — this doesn’t matter.

“It’s all about Huddersfield against Liverpool and we are both in a situation where we need the points.

“Liverpool can have all the points in the Premier League, but not tomorrow night and for this we will fight for every yard in the stadium to cause them the biggest problem they can ever have.”

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