Liverpool media round-up: Klopp may be forced to sign defender as injuries take gloss off win

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may be forced into the transfer market as the Reds' injury crisis worsened, with Klopp seemingly having no fit centre-backs at his disposal for the Friday night FA Cup tie against Exeter City. 

Mamadou Sakho couldn't play in last night's 1-0 win over Stoke City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, while Dejan Lovren hobbled off with a hamstring injury - as did midfielder Philippe Coutinho - which took the gloss off a good performance where Jordon Ibe's first half strike gives the Reds the advantage going into the second leg at Anfield in three weeks' time. 

Klopp told reporters after the game, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: “In this situation with no centre-backs fit, I would say (transfers) is something we could look at.

“Two weeks ago, we had three (centre-backs). That's a good situation.

“When we started the season we had five including Joe Gomez.

“They are normal injuries and in pre-season they are still in the race and can cope in this intensity."

Despite the injuries, Klopp said he was proud of his side who dug in to ensure they had a lead to take back to Anfield for the second leg.

Adam Lallana told the Liverpool Echo that the Reds owed the fans the performance after the disappointing display served up at West Ham United only three days earlier.

He said the side spoke about the need to start the game well in order to assert their authority and take control of proceedings.

“We wanted to show what it meant for us to be in the semi-finals. We wanted to show how much we want to get this club to Wembley.

“We got the goal, defended really well and had chances to make it more comfortable. It was probably a perfect performance.

“We have put ourselves in a good position. We just need to be professional in the second leg.” 

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