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Liverpool still open to transfers after Virgil van Dijk capture - Jurgen Klopp

LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are still open to making signings in the January transfer market, but stressed that he will continue to focus on the players currently at the club.

Liverpool broke their transfer record in signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75 million earlier this month, but went on to lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a deal that could reach £142m with add-ons.

Speaking at a news conference to preview Monday night's trip to Swansea City, Klopp said: "If something jumped in my face then we think about it.

"First of all, we have to use the high quality players we have. [Adam] Lallana isn't the replacement for Coutinho, but he's a fantastic player."

In terms of outgoings, sources have told ESPN FC that Inter Milan and Sevilla have both expressed an interest in signing Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in this window.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Liverpool would be willing to let the striker depart this month if the offer is right, but Klopp refused to specifically address the speculation surrounding the 28-year-old.

"We don't discuss the transfer market here," he said. "If there are any rumours, I'm not aware of that, but it's not too important. We'll see what happens until the 31st.

"What I can say is we have a long, very decisive part of the season still to play. In this transfer window, it always looks like the season is already over and everybody who didn't play often enough wants to leave. But we still have games to play and we need all the players for this. We will see how it will be on the 31st."

Meanwhile, Liverpool will head to Swansea City on Monday night with Loris Karius continuing as the team's first-choice goalkeeper.

Loris Karius has made a claim for the starting spot.

Karius took permanent command of the No. 1 jersey for the win over Premier League leaders Manchester City last weekend, although he was criticised for conceding Leroy Sane's equaliser at his near post in the first half of the 4-3 victory.

"Do you really think that I change my mind that quick?" Klopp said. "How I said, it's a very difficult job to be a goalkeeper or a centre-half at Liverpool because no one forgives you [after] one mistake.

"Obviously, since I'm in, it feels like 'wow' if our goalkeeper makes a mistake and it's a disaster. If any other goalkeeper makes a mistake then he's still a fantastic goalkeeper and we should still buy him.

"I'm really fine with our goalkeeper situation. Loris Karius could have made a save around the first goal, even though I think it was a world-class finish in this moment. It's always makes sense to say the truth.

"We changed a lot of positions during the year, but only with the goalkeeper it looks like we have to stick to our opinion for 20 years if we made a decision one time. I changed not my opinion, but the situation now. That's all.

"But of course, Loris has to deliver. He knows that. Now he is the No. 1 and that means he can play again and he can concede a goal like he conceded against Manchester [City]. It's not like we want that, but it's still possible. All the good things, I like to see again. I saw a lot of good things in the games he played in the last few weeks. That's why he's in."

Liverpool expect to have Virgil van Dijk (hamstring) available for the game at the Liberty Stadium, in addition to Mohamed Salah and Ragnar Klavan, who have both been unwell, while Dejan Lovren is doubt for the trip to Wales because of illness.

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.


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