Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that he may be forced into the transfer market after his side’s victory in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Stoke last night was tainted by hamstring injuries to playmaker Philippe Coutinho and centre-half Dejan Lovren.
Substitute Jordan Ibe proved the matchwinner as the Reds secured a slender lead ahead of the return leg at Anfield on 26 January as Liverpool continued their bid to reach a record 12th League Cup final.
But it is the Anfield club’s growing injury list which was preying on Klopp’s mind and a potential defensive crisis ahead of Friday’s FA Cup third round clash at League Two Exeter and the Premier League showdown with Arsenal next Wednesday.
“In this situation with no centre-backs fit, I would say [transfers] is something we could look at,” said Klopp,who took full responsibility for his side’s injuries and the club’s training regime at Melwood.
“It’s a big shadow over the game for us, the injuries.”
Ibe had been on the pitch less than quarter of an hour when he lashed a 37th minute shot past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland from eight yards, despite initially miscontrolling a miscued Joe Allen effort that had fallen invitingly for him.