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League Cup: Injury worries for Jurgen Klopp after 1-0 win over Stoke

Stoke-on-Trent: Jurgen Klopp has indicated that he may have to enter the transfer market to buy a defender as Liverpool's injury crisis grows.

Liverpool Jordon Ibe (left) scores past Stoke City 'keeper Jack Butland during the English League Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Liverpool Jordon Ibe (left) scores past Stoke City 'keeper Jack Butland during the English League Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday. Pic/AFP

Klopp faces the prospect of having no fit centre-backs for Friday's FA Cup third-round trip to Exeter.

Dejan Lovren limped off during the first half of Tuesday's 1-0 League Cup semi-final first-leg victory at Stoke after pulling a hamstring. Martin Skrtel has already been ruled out until February with a similar injury, while Mamadou Sakho missed the match at the Britannia Stadium with a knee problem.

Kolo Toure, who came in for Sakho against Stoke, was limping with cramp towards the end, and Klopp is unsure if he will be fit for Friday's game. And teenager Joe Gomez is a long-term casualty with serious knee ligament injury sustained in October.

"In this moment with no centre-back fit, I would say it is a situation where we have to think about going into the transfer market. Two weeks ago we had three centre-backs, at the start of the season, we had five. Now we have none."

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