Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday he does not want to enter the transfer market to deal with a “four-week” injury problem.
Reds centre-back Ibrahima Konate suffered a knee injury in a friendly against Strasbourg on Sunday, which Klopp said is out “for a while”.
Konate has joined Liverpool’s list of retired players, which already includes Kostas Tsimikas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota Curtis Jones and substitute goalkeeper Kaoimhin Kelleher, while Naby Keita is set to resume training on Friday after nearly a week of illness.
However, none of those absent are known to suffer lasting injuries.
Liverpool have made three important pre-season signings: Darwin Nunes, £63m ($77m) from Benfica, Fulham teenager Fabio Carvalho (£5m) and Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsey (6 £5 million) also arrived at Anfield.
“We have too many injuries, it’s true,” Klopp said, speaking on Friday ahead of Liverpool’s first Premier League game against Fulham.
“But at the moment, nothing has changed (in terms of new contracts). Lots of bad situations. We started with Kaoima and Diogo, almost one was injured and one had a re-injury.
“In a few weeks they will be back, but they missed preseason and that’s not cool.
“Ibu is on the call against Strasbourg, what happened there, we have to see how long it takes, but he is out for a while.”
But the German boss, who saw his side just ditch a historic quad last season after Manchester City took them to the Premier League and Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the League final champions, was cautious about re-entering the transfer market.
“We cannot solve the problem that we have within four weeks with a transfer for a whole year,” he said. “At the moment it doesn’t make sense to us.
“The transfer window is still open and we’ll see, but it’s not in our plans to move in that direction.”
– ‘Settled Nunez’ –
One of the positive news for Liverpool in terms of fitness is that goalkeeper Alisson Becker will be ready to face Fulham after missing much of pre-season with a stomach injury sustained while on tour in the Far East.
Nunes could also play against the Cottagers after scoring as a second-half substitute in last weekend’s FA Community Shield win over Manchester City.
“Darwin is ready, but does that mean he has to start? I don’t know,” Klopp added.
“We have different options and we will use them, and Darwin needs time to get used to many things.”
Klopp added: “He has completely calmed down. He himself said that at first he was very nervous, and I really sympathize with this, this is normal.
“But he settled in quite quickly thanks to all the players, not just the Spanish speakers, and it was very helpful and after a short period he feels at home.
“He had a real impact on the first final we could play, but the work won’t stop and he’s in the best possible place.”