Liverpool have failed to win a Premier League match in 2017, drawing two and losing one of their three games so far.
It’s hit Jurgen Klopp’s title aspirations hard, and Liverpool are now in fourth place, ten points off the top, having only a two point cushion over fifth placed Manchester City, with Manchester United a further two points behind.
There’s a tough period coming up for Liverpool in the Premier League, with the next 8 matches being against Chelsea, Hull City, Tottenham, Leicester City, Arsenal, Burnley, Manchester City and Everton.
SportBild say in their edition this week the club had been willing to back Klopp in the January window with ‘at least €43m approved by the board’, to add strength to the squad and help push a title challenge.
Targets are named as Christian Pulisic, Julian Brandt and Virgil van Dijk, but it’s stated Klopp wasn’t prepared to go through the ‘pain threshold’ (pay too much) to get deals done.
It was anticipated that more strength and quality would be needed in the squad and SportBild also reported on that in November.
Calling it Klopp’s ‘Meister-Plan’, the German magazine said: ‘To prevent Liverpool from collapsing again, Klopp plans to strengthen the squad again in January – and looks to the Bundesliga.’
For a January window the above named targets will have been ambitious to say the least, and perhaps Klopp should have, and could still, look at more realistic options for Liverpool’s winter recruitment.