Liverpool are still ‘looking for opportunities’ to sign a centre-back in January but it would be ‘absolutely impossible’ for them to spend over £50m on a new centre-half, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The Sky Italy journalist has reiterated exactly what Jurgen Klopp himself has said – that something could still happen as Liverpool soldier on without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, but that it is more likely that the Reds will attempt their title defence with their current squad.

“I think that Jurgen Klopp has been so honest when he speaks about the market. Not all managers are honest about transfers, but Jurgen Klopp was honest,” Romano told Sky Sports.

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“They are looking for opportunities. If something arrives, they will be ready to sign a new player but spending 60 or 70 million euros for players like (Dayot) Upamecano or this kind of centre-back is absolutely impossible in this window for Liverpool.

“If they will have a good opportunity, they will think about it in the next weeks. If not, I am sure Liverpool will stay with this squad.

“They will try to extend the contract of Virgil van Dijk. They are planning with him for the future so this year they will open negotiations to extend his contract and then next summer they will go for someone new.”

Klopp himself said last week: “It is the trickiest situation you can imagine; you have three senior centre-halves and they are all injured. That doesn’t happen a lot but it happened.

“We have to deal with it and we cannot solve it on the transfer market.

“The club tries what they can but if they can’t then we have to do what we did so far: get stronger as a group, stick more together and fight against the world, fight against the circumstances, strike back with all we have and make the most special season ever of it.”

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