May 20, 2024

Jurgen Klopp regretted emergency Liverpool signing after a hasty transfer deal

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Jurgen Klopp regretted emergency Liverpool signing after hasty transfer deal ‘My God what have we done?’

Liverpool always knew they’d be short in numbers in January because of the Africa Cup of Nations.

It was unavoidable after losing Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita to continental competition.

The Reds have been down in recent weeks, facing the same situation after last year’s injury crisis at center-back.

Last season, Jurgen Klopp has had to make the most of the club’s academy to fill his full matchday squad due to an ever-growing injury list.

Their AFCON departures and Covid-19 absentees have brought back the same situation faced last season.

However, Jurgen Klopp can’t repeat the same mistake this transfer window unless their situation gets drastically worse.

Klopp signed to take cover a short-term lack of players, on this day in January 2016 when signing Steven Caulker on loan.

He later publicly admitted he had acted hastily signing the defender.

Steven Caulker joined Liverpool on loan on this day in 2016 but Jurgen Klopp quickly regretted signing the player

“The day before we put the squad list in we didn’t have any. Now we have too many and you think: ‘My God what have we done?’

“That was the thing we had to do at that time. Now we have to get into the next round with the players we have available.”

Caulker made just four appearances during his time at Liverpool, totaling just four minutes in the Premier League with the defender infamously being utilized as a makeshift striker on each occasion.

His only start, and only appearance at center-back, came in an FA Cup draw with West Ham United at the end of January, while two unused substitute appearances in February were the closest he came to featuring during the remainder of his temporary Reds career.

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