Jurgen Klopp FA Cup title hopes turned to crumbs and vanished immediately as it had risen, coming through, into the third round of England’s oldest competition.
Liverpool were bowed by a rifling shot from more than 30 yards, rattling the back of the net from the boot of Ruben Neves, who scored the winner for Wolverhampton at the Miloneux.
Centre-back Dejan Lovren limped off just five minutes into play, and was immediately replaced by 16-year-old debutant Ki-Jana Hoever.
The prickly issue added more woes to Reds who have been hit by waves of injuries problems in recent games. It is telling they need to shore up their backline if they’re to remain atop the Premier League table, ahead of Pep Guardiola’s men.
A sensible move would be dipping his toes into the winter market this month for a backup centre-back, but Klopp has quickly play down any suggestions by the British media when he was questioned about beefing up his squad’s backfield.
An animated Klopp, when asked about bringing in new recruits for his backline, after his side’s defeat at the Miloneux replied:
“The only country that asks a question like this is England. Everything is sorted with buying players.
“We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.”
“We need them back but you cannot buy a fifth centre-half and say ‘so you play two weeks and after that the others come in’”.