Liverpool co-owner Mike Gordon – ‘The availability of players in January is continuing to diminish’

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Many Liverpool fans will already be eyeing that January transfer window with relish.

There’s plenty of games to play before then of course – a dozen in total – but the opportunity to fix some of the more obvious problems in the squad seems too good to turn down.

Surely Liverpool will be in the market for a centre-back in January, whether that be Virgil van Dijk or that almost mythical Plan B?

One of Liverpool’s co-owners though has revealed that Liverpool believe the opportunity to actually do business in January is becoming harder and harder.

FSG president Mike Gordon gives his view of the January market in an interview with author Rafael Honigstein as part of his new book on the Reds’ boss, Jurgen Klopp: Bring the Noise.

In it Gordon is asked about the club’s failure to bring in any players last January – after Sadio Mane’s loss to the Africa Cup of Nations – and spoke about the issue of bringing in players in January.

Speaking about last January, Gordon said: “I would regret it if we hadn’t tried to bring in additional players. But we clearly did try.

“The availability of players in the January window is continuing to diminish, it’s now an anomaly if you’re able to do something….

“But showing discipline (in the transfer market) and staying true to your principles is really important, and that’s one of the reasons we didn’t add to the squad. We tried. And the same goes for all windows.

“We look for any advantage and opportunity to improve.”

Julian Brandt and Christian Pulisic were two of the players linked with a move to Anfield last January but neither materialised and Liverpool’s title challenge sank without trace during a terrible run in January.

Liverpool moved on from both and eventually bought Mohamed Salah in the summer as an additional wide attacker.

In the last five years Liverpool have bought or loaned just four players in January, Stephen Caulker, Marko Grujic, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

Klopp: Bring the Noise by Raphael Honigstein is published by Yellow Jersey this Thursday (November 16), priced £12.99.

We’ve got 10 copies of the book plus a star prize of a family tour of Anfield to give away in a special competition – keep an eye on the website tomorrow.

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