Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side tried but failed to sign an ‘attacking winger’ during the last January transfer window.
Last week, the Merseyside giants held talks over a deal for AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah and while personal terms have reportedly been agreed, the Anfield side are refusing to meet Roma’s £35 million valuation of the attacker.
Liverpool’s title challenge faded in the second half of the season and the absence of Sadio Mane proved to be a huge miss for Klopp’s side.
And the former Borussia Dortmund manager admits he didn’t have enough squad depth to keep pace with Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at the top of the table.
During his interview with the German publication Kicker, Klopp said: ‘We did not have a squad able to avert this poor run at that time. We could have certainly used a new player, for instance an attacking winger.
‘And we tried in the winter, but the right one was either not available for us or just not there.
‘It’s easy to say what the people measure me against – titles and trophies some day and, of course, against subjective successes like Champions League participation.’ Added the Reds boss.