Liverpool is unlikely to sign a central defender in January as cover amid an injury crisis at the Premier League club, with the COVID-19 pandemic also not making it a financially viable option, manager Jurgen Klopp said on Thursday.

Liverpool’s three main centre backs Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all sidelined with injuries and Klopp was forced to play midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in defence in Monday’s 1-0 loss at Southampton.

However, the German coach said a short-term solution would not help and he would look within the squad for options.

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“I can’t say definitely that we won’t bring someone in, just not likely because of the situation in the world,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Friday’s FA Cup third round tie at Aston Villa.

“It’s a tough for one for all people and football clubs….

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