Klopp hints at January signings

Liverpool director of football Ian Ayre Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stressed he would have the "final say" over which players were bought and sold at Anfield after the Merseysiders announced Friday their newly-created post of sporting director.

The Liverpool manager is eager to compensate for the loss of striker Danny Ings to a season-ending knee injury and Senegal winger Sadio Mané's unavailability during the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February.

Looking ahead to the Winter and the likely loss of Saidio Mané due to global duty, Klopp said: "It's not about how many strikers".

"I said at the end of last season, we have to show that we are using the time for training, but over the whole season not over the first 10 games". But when Sadio is away we will be without a winger. That's how it is.

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Liverpool face both Manchester United and Chelsea in the first month of 2017 and could have a two-legged EFL Cup semi-final to contend with. "It's Anfield, and (we need) a positive result before the worldwide break".

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"I can not compare", he said when asked whether Liverpool were benefitting from having no European football. Sorry, I'm not - I know a lot but not everything and I like to have the best people around me. But Klopp added: 'I will always have the final say, maybe that's the most important thing for you to know. That's what we did since I'm here.

The move has also been welcomed by manager Jurgen Klopp, who worked under a sporting director at previous club Borussia Dortmund and is an advocate of the model. If something was wrong since I'm here, or will go wrong while I'm here in the future with transfers, it's my responsibility.

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Pulisic spent 12 months playing for Brackley Town during his youth career and he believes that the time spent there has helped mould him as a player. "Look at the details, too - at 26 years he is a very responsible person, a very serious person and a really good skipper".

"I say we have to go for this player. The last two weeks everybody could see "okay, now he is back" and then this happened", Klopp said.

Liverpool host Watford on Sunday looking to maintain their joint-leadership of the Premier League and extend their unbeaten run at Anfield to 19 matches.

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