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Klopp not interested in signing a quick-fix striker

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/01/2016

Possible move: Liverpool have tabled an offer for Teixeira
Possible move: Liverpool have tabled an offer for Teixeira

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would dip into the January transfer market if he could sign a player for his long-term plans but he will not look for a quick-fix to the lack of goals.

With Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all injured the German has one fit out-and-out striker in Christian Benteke, who is struggling for confidence, and attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino who he currently prefers in a false nine role.

It is understood chief executive Ian Ayre was in Orlando on Thursday to open negotiations with Shakhtar Donetsk regarding forward Alex Teixeira with the club tabling a £24.6m bid.

The Ukrainians, who are competing in the Florida Cup, value the Brazilian closer to £40m and further talks will continue, but Ayre has already flown back having registered Liverpool's interest.

Klopp would not speak about the 26-year-old, who has scored 22 goals in 15 league matches and three in six in the Champions League, but insists he has not altered his opinion on his plans for the January transfer window.

"I have nothing to say about this (Teixeira)," he said.

"We could talk about a lot of players in the world and I could, if we had time for this, talk about the qualities they have.

"The January window is not the best and if you are under pressure then everyone wants prices where you think 'Are they crazy?'

"If you take a new player now we have a day to the next game, four days to the next.

"We have to watch the market, to think about what makes sense for us now plus for the summer.

"If we find a solution which fits for both transfer windows, and a player could help us as quickly as possible then of course we would try.

"I have always said we will watch the market and we will see if something happens."

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