Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool may buy in January due to Ings and Mane absence

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that the club may dip into the January transfer market due to Danny Ings' season-ending knee injury and Sadio Mane's absence at the African Nations Cup in the New Year.

"We watch the market all the time and of course we need to be prepared for different situations and one of them is injuries," Klopp said. "The African Cup of Nations we already knew about so we don't need to be influenced or surprised by that, but it could be a moment when we approach the market."

Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi give Klopp options up front, but Klopp is aware of how busy third-placed Liverpool will be in early 2017 with the run of fixtures they have.

"It's not about how many strikers. Three strikers is enough, I think, but when Sadio is away we will be without a winger. We do not have many wingers, I would say," he said.

"Roberto Firmino could play as a kind of a winger which would then give us just two strikers. That's how it is.

"But it is a long way to go until January and that month is busy. If we can go to the semifinal of League Cup it could be the busiest month of the year. We need to be prepared for this for sure."