After a gutting late equaliser left Liverpool with a point on the opening day against Watford, Jurgen Klopp was in a reflective mood. Liverpool were thoroughly disappointing but the German refused to criticise his side as he told the club website:
“In the end if you do everything on the first matchday, you cannot expect perfection… They didn’t create too much with it, but scored two goals. Then we scored two wonderful goals in the second half, it was really good, we had our moments and then we conceded an offside goal… We have one point and I wait for the moment when it will feel better. I saw a lot of good things and now we have to prepare for the next game.”
Set pieces once against cost the Reds points as Watford twice found corners to be the best way past Simon Mignolet. However, there was one positive as Mohamed Salah shone on his debut.
Salah is one of only two signings to date this summer, but Klopp also appeared to hint that fellow forward Philippe Coutinho is going nowhere. Despite a transfer request, he is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying:
“I had to sell a lot of players in my managerial career. The only thing I can say about this is that in life everything is about timing – whichever club asks early enough… You cannot come up, close to the start of the season and things like this. It’s like I said: the club is bigger than anybody… It is about timing. That is how I understand it. And that is all I have to say. Maybe everybody has a price – in the right moment. In the wrong moment? No price.”
Coutinho sat out the game against Watford with a back injury but could come back into contention for the game against Crystal Palace next weekend.
If Coutinho is sold, it seems likely that funds would be reinvested into the squad. Klopp is again quoted by the Liverpool Echo as suggesting that he may look to add a midfielder to the ranks before the window shuts at the end of this month, saying:
“We don’t have too many midfield players in the moment who have experience. Are we looking still for players? Yes. That is the truth. But we were looking for players before Adam was injured. Now he is injured and Phil is injured so we have two less… Everything can happen. But I’m not sure that they will happen. If I were sure, they would probably already be in or whatever. It’s still open for business.”
Injuries may force Klopp into action, particularly with the lack of depth forcing Liverpool to field a highly inexperienced bench on Saturday featuring the likes of Dominic Solanke and Marko Grujic.