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23rd Dec, 2016 | 8:00pm

Liverpool transfer update: Klopp shares plans on Mane replacement in January

By Emma Sanders

Jurgen Klopp has suggested he will not be looking to bring in a new player in January to replace Sadio Mane and instead put his faith in current squad members.

The Liverpool boss claimed in Friday afternoon’s press conference, that his squad have plenty of depth and a lot of the players “are really versatile” meaning the Reds have several options in attack.

Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce posted the manager’s quotes on his personal Twitter account and although Klopp suggested he would not replace Mane, he did admit the club always have “an eye” on the market.

Klopp’s comments suggest he may give opportunities to youngsters Ben Woodburn and Sheyi Ojo when Mane leaves on international duty in the new year, while Divock Origi could also figure in a wide role.

Mane has been in sensational form since his move from Southampton in the summer but he will be joining Senegal to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

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In Philippe Coutinho’s absence, Klopp has opted to use Origi in the centre-forward role, while moving Roberto Firmino out wide and he is likely to use the Belgian in a similar role during 2017.

Origi has played as part of a front three on the left or the right on a number of occasions under Klopp, too, and could also play out wide again now that Daniel Sturridge is fit again.

Firmino can play on the flanks in addition to Coutinho, while Adam Lallana is also an option for that position.

Alternatively, Ojo and Woodburn have both performed well in the wide attacking roles too and could be handed an opportunity to impress given Klopp has already given them their debuts in 2016.

In other Liverpool news, this is the best possible XI from January signings.