By G9ija

Liverpool will try to sign a centre-back before the end of the transfer window but manager Jurgen Klopp admits it will be difficult.

Further injuries to Joel Matip – which Klopp said they hoped was not serious after he was forced off at half-time in the win against Tottenham with an ankle ligament problem – and Fabinho have left him not only without a senior central defender but also his first-choice back-up.

However, as Klopp wants a long-term replacement not a short-term stop-gap the challenges of getting a deal done in the next few days are difficult.

“I’m not sure there’s an £80million centre-back available at the moment. We need to find the right player, and it needs to suit our financial situation as well,” he said.

“I know players of this calibre, their teams wouldn’t sell them now. We will try.

“Everyone thinks ‘Oh, Liverpool is just fine with the situation and don’t care.’ We do try. The situation yesterday didn’t make it easier but it is just still we try to do the right things if that’s possible.

“My thoughts didn’t change. My words might have. Same situation. We work on this, if we don’t sleep, we work. We will see.

“Everything is long-term. It’s about a solution, and that’s what we are working on. Usually, everything is kind of long-term. We had one half-year contract with Steven Caulker (in January 2016). It’s about solutions, that’s the first thing, and that’s what we are working on.”