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Klopp Addresses January Transfer Rumours

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp sought to keep expectations down for the January transfer window, but said that if there is need and opportunity the club will act.

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The end of another year brings fixture overload for clubs in England. It also brings the start of another transfer window, one in which many expect Liverpool to be active participants. Manager Jürgen Klopp, though, doesn’t want fans to let their expectations get too high ahead of what can often end up a difficult mid-season market.

"We try to be prepared at all times, but the January window isn’t the easiest one," said Klopp, who is preparing for his first transfer window as Liverpool manager. "There are always big prices on the market, so I’m not the biggest fan of the January window. But if we have to act then we will act. Maybe if a player leaves us, but I don’t know. I don’t like to speculate."

As yet, there has been little suggestion that Liverpool will look to move any players on over the next month but plenty to suggest a few might soon be arriving—and that’s without trying to figure out the case of Marko Grujic, who is expected to return to Red Star Belgrade on loan immediately after his €7M transfer to Liverpool is officially completed.

When it comes to immediate reinforcements, the two main rumours at present involve defenders, with reports the club will seek to bring defender Joel Matip in in January rather than waiting to sign him on a free in the summer. There are also persistent reports of interest in Kevin Großkreutz, a former player of Klopp’s who can cover either fullback position.

"We have a lot of games during the transfer window," Klopp added. "We aren’t planning on bringing in more and more and more players, but if we have to act we will."