Jurgen Klopp said yesterday that Liverpool are “working constantly” on potential new signings as the Reds try to deal with the injury crisis that contributed to their dismal run. Klopp has brought in Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay since the end of last term. But Liverpool have been rocked by a host of injuries and are still waiting for their first Premier League win this season. With the transfer window closing on September 1, time is running out to land further recruits.
Klopp is still searching for new faces, with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham among those linked to the Merseyside club.
“We are working constantly on these type of things and we’ve spoken before about why sometimes it’s not happening,” Klopp told reporters. “Sometimes it’s expensive, sometimes not the right player, but then situations change. It needs to be the right player and we’re working. If something will happen or not, I don’t know.”
Klopp is not expecting any of his injured players to return for today’s game against Bournemouth at Anfield. Curtis Jones, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Ramsay and Caoimhin Kelleher have all missed out recently, while Nunez is still suspended.
Liverpool’s lacklustre 2-1 defeat at Manchester United has left them seven points adrift of early leaders Arsenal. That disappointing performance came on the back of error-strewn draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace. Klopp remains confident Liverpool’s problems can be resolved.
“The United game has gone, done and dusted and now we have a different game. It’s not a situation I wanted to have, but actually I like it as well. It’s a challenge,” Klopp said. “It’s not the start you want, but you have to fight back and I’m really happy we have an opportunity now to play at home, twice. We understand the situation. I have a sense our people understand the situation as well, so I can’t wait to create a special atmosphere and fit together the team and crowd to make things happen.”
Casemiro could make United debut at Southampton
Manchester United’s new midfielder Casemiro could make his debut at Southampton today, but Anthony Martial has been ruled out with an Achilles injury. Casemiro has moved from Real Madrid to Old Trafford in a £60mn deal and was presented to fans prior to Monday’s 2-1 win against Liverpool.
United manager Erik ten Hag said the 30-year-old Brazilian could feature for the first time in this weekend’s trip to St Mary’s. However, France striker Martial is absent again, having missed the first two Premier League matches with a hamstring complaint.
The France forward returned as a half-time substitute against Liverpool and provided the assist for Marcus Rashford’s goal, but an Achilles issue means he is absent again this weekend. Martial’s absence underlines the paucity of central attacking options for Ten Hag aside from unsettled star Cristiano
Meanwhile, as optimism grows in north London, Oleksandr Zinchenko has warned Arsenal not to get carried away by their surprising surge into pole position. Ukraine left-back Zinchenko knows exactly what it takes to thrive in the Premier League after his successful spell with champions Manchester City.
Having made the switch to Arsenal in the close-season, Zinchenko and fellow former City star Gabriel Jesus have made an immediate impact on Mikel Arteta’s side with their wealth of title-winning experience. Arsenal have won their opening three matches for the first time in 18 years.
But after last weekend’s eye-catching 3-0 win at Bournemouth extended Arsenal’s perfect opening, Zinchenko was at pains to urge his teammates to keep their feet on the ground. “It’s just the beginning of the season. There’s a lot of games ahead of us, there’s a lot of things to improve,” Zinchenko said ahead of Fulham’s visit to the Emirates Stadium today. “We need to analyse what we have done well, what we should improve, what we should change and we know the manager is going to tell us. We need to show our best performance every single week.”
Today: (1400 unless stated): Southampton v Manchester United (1130), Brentford v Everton, Brighton v Leeds, Chelsea v Leicester, Liverpool v Bournemouth, Manchester City v
Crystal Palace, Arsenal v Fulham (1630)
Tomorrow (1300 unless stated): Aston Villa v West Ham, Wolves v
Newcastle, Nottingham Forest v
Liverpool players at a training session yesterday.