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WORK TO DO: Klopp must make signings before transfer window shuts

Liverpool's season may have got underway in a perfect manner, but Jürgen Klopp still has work to do in the transfer market according to supporters.

A 3-0 victory at Norwich City was the result on the Reds' opening day of Premier League action, in a game Klopp described as "as good as it gets".

Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all scored for Liverpool at Carrow Road much to the delight of the travelling Kopites.

In the buildup to said game, Klopp clashed with journalist James Pearce after being quizzed on his potential transfer plans.

Pearce asked if Klopp should be actively seeking new recruits but was rebuffed by the German who asked him which player he should sign.

Supporters, particularly those on the weekly Shankly Gates podcast from Liverpool TV, are in agreement that Klopp should be more active in the transfer market.

The first point of call, which caused some friction in the press conference before the Norwich match, was the lack of replacement for Gini Wijnaldum.

Liverpool allowed the Dutchman to run down his contract without offering him a new deal to extend his stay.

Wijnaldum featured prominently for Klopp, missing just one Premier League game in his last two seasons. The decision to not replace him has confused many.

Klopp sees the development of Harvey Elliott, along with a return to fitness for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Naby Këita, as sufficient cover in central areas.

However, Liverpool are set to lose both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané for the African Cup of Nations after the new year.

That likely means Elliott or Chamberlain could be asked to feature in the front three as they did in pre-season. Any injuries in midfield could leave the Reds relying on Curtis Jones as cover.

At that stage, Klopp may be forced to bring in a midfielder or a forward in January as cover - a market he doesn't like to utilise unless necessary (usually for a centre back).

It also means that player would then need to hit the ground running for the Reds, instead of having a couple of months to settle in.

Although, Klopp may not want to add any more people into a squad he feels he cannot already give chances to.

The Liverpool manager has already mentioned the vast money being spent elsewhere by their title rivals and knows the limitations he works under.

Money is available to reinvest in a new addition for the squad after the outgoing transfer movement raised funds for Klopp and he may decide to bring in another player.

You'll remember the Reds brought in both Thiago and Jota in August last season and a repeat may be on the cards.

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