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Klopp Laughs Off Teixeira Talk

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Jürgen Klopp admitted Liverpool's approach to the January transfer window had changed in recent weeks but wouldn’t be drawn into addressing rumours the club were trying to sign Alex Teixeira.

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp held his pre-match press conference at Melwood this morning, and to nobody at all’s surprise, the topic journalists were most interested in asking him about was the January transfer window. In particular, they wanted to know if Klopp could share any insights on rumoured target Alex Teixeira.

And to the surprise of absolutely nobody, Klopp quickly deflected the Teixeira questions, at least on their first time of asking, shrugging them off by saying he had nothing he could say about it. However, he was a little more willing to talk bigger picture, acknowledging that the club’s approach to the January transfer market may have changed over the past few weeks.

"Our situation has changed," he said when asked about Liverpool looking more active in the market after a quiet start. "I think I have always said that if our situation changed then we would have to change. The January window is not the best time, but we have to watch the market. If we can find a solution, a player who can maybe help us as soon as possible, then we try."

Part of the situation in need of a solution is, of course, the continuing injury crisis the club faces. On that front, Klopp revealed that Adam Lallana has picked up a knock and is a doubt for selection on Saturday. Liverpool were facing an injury crisis at the start of the month and over the Christmas period, though, so that’s less a changing situation than an unfortunate status quo.

The thing that will have had to change, then, is availability, and most fans won’t hear Klopp talking about changes and Liverpool being more active in the market and think things begin and end with Steven Caulker. The journalists asking questions didn’t think so either, and so Klopp was asked again about the Alex Teixeira rumours that have taken off this week.

"There’s nothing to say about this," Klopp said with a laugh when he was asked for the second time about the chance the club are looking to sign the Brazilian attacker from Shakhtar Donetsk. "I could talk about a lot of players in the world and the qualities they have if we had the time, but I have nothing to say in this moment."