Jurgen Klopp explains Liverpool's plan for without Sadio Mane in January

'Coutinho is injured, Mané will miss most of January but we still have options, can change a lot of things & they are all versatile, ' said Klopp.

"We want to convince players about the special character of the club".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has provided an injury update on talisman Philippe Coutinho, as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

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Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are available as centre-forwards, and Klopp could also turn to academy star Sheyi Ojo as a wide option. It's not a message for the winter window, it's a message for the next few years.

"Being really honest, I love it here and plan to stay for many years in the future as the Premier League is really competitive and tests you all the time".

"This is the only thing we have to do on December 27".

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Klopp maintains that the club's players will always be well remunerated even if they can not compete with the huge sums on offer elsewhere.

"Chelsea have players in their squad who have been there and done it so it will be interesting to see if Liverpool can maintain their challenge right up until the end of the season".

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And the German questioned whether players who are exclusively motivated by financial reward can ultimately be found lacking in other aspects of their personality on the pitch.

"The big teams go for the title now and we need to do that".

"The players need to be open, and I'm sure they are".

As Klopp explained, Liverpool do have other players able to cover for Mane's absence, but the German will no doubt acknowledge the magnitude of his No. 19's departure.

  • Regina Holmes