Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp backs Dejan Lovren to succeed in place of Mamadou Sakho

Jürgen Klopp is confident that Dejan Lovren can adequately deputise for the injured Mamadou Sakho for Liverpool

Saturday's clash with Manchester City is expected to see Lovren make his first start in over two months, and his first under Klopp, in the place of the Frenchman - who is out with a knee ligament injury sustained against Crystal Palace last time out.

The Croatian defender has endured a difficult spell at Anfield since making a £20 million move from Southampton over a year ago, as he admitted himself recently and has big shoes to fill in Sakho - who has been one of the Reds' most impressive performers under Klopp.

But the in-form centre-back's absence opens the door for 26-year-old Lovren, who Klopp believes won't let his team-mates and the club down alongside Martin Skrtel.

"Brilliant" Lovren can fill in for Sakho, says manager

The German said in his pre-City press conference that there will be "absolutely no problem" with Lovren coming into the team, saying both he and Skrtel are "healthy" and "everything is good."

The Reds boss explained that Lovren has done "a really good job" since he took over six weeks ago, adding that his first game for the club - in their 4-0 friendly victory over Borussia Dortmund when Klopp was then the manager of the Bundesliga outfit, insisting he was "brilliant" on that day.

He admitted that he's not heard "the best things" about the defender, contrary to the way he has looked "strong" during his time at the club. 

Klopp added that "everything is okay" and that as long as Skrtel and Lovren "are feeling good" they "don't have a big problem" because Sakho is not out for 20 weeks, rather he will be back "earlier than that" - which he said is also good for the team.

Klopp has "possibility" to bring in new players in January

After seven games in little over a month, the international break brought some welcome respite for Liverpool - who now face another seven games in 22 days in the Premier League, the Capital One Cup and the Europa League.

The busy schedule will test the Reds' squad to its limits, with injuries already hurting the number of players available to Klopp, but he believes having fixtures so regularly will help him to form a strong judgement on his players. 

But with promising young Schalke forward Leroy Sane one of several players being monitored with the January transfer window approaching, Klopp insists he will do transfer business if he's required to.

He added that the club "have the possibilities" to "change some things" in the window half-way through the season, as well as the summer window, but insisted they have "made no decisions" thus far because they "don't have to make them yet."

The boss said that they still have time to "see what is possible and what is not possible" as well as "what's necessary and what's not necessary" on the basis of injuries and form.

He also insisted that he needs "much more" time in order to make a "final judgement on the players" but admitted that the players "know that at one point in the season" a decision will have to be made "about them." 

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