Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to make a move for a defender during the January transfer window despite injury crisis of the Reds defensive prospects.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot injury) and Joel Matip (broken collarbone) this week joined Joe Gomez (fractured leg).
The time they will be out will vary, however, the former two are likely to be sidelined for about five weeks, taking Klopp to the middle of next month.
Midfielder James Milner has reportedly played at the right-back position recently and Nathaniel Clyne has returned to the fitness, although he has only 90 minutes of action in one EFL Cup game this campaign and six appearances in the last campaign and a half means he will have to be managed carefully.
German manager admits he may have to get creative, however, that is unlikely to involve spending big money during the January transfer window.
“A crisis is if you feel it is a crisis. With Trent, it’s not as serious as with the other two boys, but of course it’s not top class news, that’s clear,” he said.
“Our situation is like this: if you would have asked me two weeks before if we were doing anything in the transfer window I would have said probably not.
“Now we have two centre-halves left. Will we do something? Not really likely because they are not out for (long).”
A back problem restricted England international defender Clyne to just five games in final two months of last campaign and his injury crisis have continued into the current season but his return to full training is timely.
“Is he ready for 90 minutes? I don’t know. But is he ready? Yes,” added Klopp.
“Clyne is a very experienced player. Is it perfect? No. But is he experienced enough to do it? Yes, 100 per cent.
“We have other options so we will not push Clyney after not the longest spell of training
“As long as we have options everything is fine. If we don’t have the obvious option any more then we need to be creative.
“Hopefully we don’t have to be creative too often because it’s never a good sign for the squad.”