Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has insisted he's not afraid to dip into the transfer market in January, should his side's injury struggles continue.
The Reds are dealing with up to 10 injuries, with Mamadou Sakho the latest to join the growing list of players that have succumbed to issues since the German's appointment.
Whilst Daniel Sturridge could feature for the first time under his tenure at Manchester City this weekend and James Milner, Kolo Toure and Jordon Ibe are also in contention - the manager still finds his options blighted.
With that in mind, Klopp says he's not against having to sign new players - though he believes bringing players in half-way through the campaign can pose problems.
Liverpool boss willing to sign new players if injury problems persist
Klopp told Soccer Saturday that the January transfer window isn't "the perfect one" because the heavy fixture schedule affords "no time to train" to their new signings.
He added that "you pick a player, put him on the pitch and say, 'Come on, show your best performance'" - suggesting that it is a rash and unfair approach to players potentially adapting to a new country and style of play.
However, Klopp confirmed that if they "need" to - they will make transfers "no problem."
The Reds boss admitted that he doesn't know "what will happen" in the window and said the possible factor of "more injuries" will play an "important" role in the decision to make any transfers - which he has yet to make.
Assessing the time he has had with the Liverpool squad since taking over six weeks ago, Klopp insists he hasn't had "enough" time to adequately judge the players - saying they need to "wait for steps" if they want to "develop things" as opposed to rushing to a conclusion.
With the Reds having lost just one of their seven games under him so far, Klopp said they have "done very well" in "some situations" but "not perfect" in others - highlighting a "very bad" 15 minutes in the defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield a fortnight ago.
Otherwise, he said their other results and performance have been "okay" but "not perfect" - insisting they can improve upon that by making "big steps" over the next few weeks.
Questioned on his transfer policy, Klopp explained that he is "not the guy" who will buy 10 players and sell another 10, because he wants to "work together" with his squad.
He pleaded for patience and said they will "try to bring" their good ideas onto the pitch - a process which "needs time" - adding that he feels like "the only one in this country" that believes in training, which he said "can make the difference" rather than having to sign a host of new players.