Jurgen Klopp press conference highlights: Jota injury update, Liverpool transfers, Man Utd

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Liverpool take on Aston Villa tomorrow night in the FA Cup third round and Jurgen Klopp spoke about the transfer window, Manchester United, Gini Wijnaldum and injury updates ahead of the match. Express Sport takes a look at what he said.

Diogo Jota and Joel Matip injuries

Klopp says Diogo Jota is still weeks away from action and has also given an update on Joel Matip.

Klopp on Jota: “Still in the knee brace, so a few weeks away from team training. Nothing new to say. It takes time.

“No surgery needed but a proper injury. Not a little knock. No real time frame for that.”

On Matip he added: “We will try [to get him fit for Man Utd].

“He’s in a good way, but it will be United or a few days later, I don’t know. We will see.”

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On the transfer window

Klopp has admitted he won’t rule out signing a centre-back with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out long-term but thinks it is unlikely.

“I can’t say definitely we won’t be bringing in [CB] in but it’s just not likely,” he said.

“If world was in a normal place everything would be fine and with 3 CBs injured would we do something, yes definitely. But we are not in that situation.”

“I don’t know if something will happen or not. It would be a short-term solution and that is not right, it doesn’t help really. So we deal like we have so far.

“Not the best moment for the whole planet so why would it be for a football club?”

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On Man Utd game coming up

“We need to find a balance of a team we haven’t changed too much.

“We need some fresh legs. The opponent is too strong for us [to make wholesale changes].

“We have eight days between this and Man Utd. We can do a lot of stuff [in training]. That will help a lot.”

Gini Wijnaldum contract

Klopp has nothing else to say on Gini Wijnaldum and whether the midfielder will sign a new contract at Anfield.

He said: “I’ve said everything. How much I like the person and player. Nothing else to say. If there’s a decision, you would know. Rest is nothing to say.”

Trent Alexander-Arnold form

Klopp explained: “If you make people used to that level he’s shown, a game like [Southampton] was obvious case of not his best.

“He knows that. He has played some good games too. He started, was out with covid then had injury, no pre-season. All these things.”

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