Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not planning to buy a centre-back to cover Joel Matip’s expected absence for the rest of the season but admits the nature of the Premier League means all clubs are “only two injuries away from a real problem”. Matip’s anterior cruciate ligament injury means Klopp now has five senior players unavailable – Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson, Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic – with midfielder Alexis Mac Allister doubtful for the weekend trip to Crystal Palace after sustaining a problem in the midweek win over Sheffield United.
The Blues failed to build on Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Brighton when they fell to Scott McTominay’s late header at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The U.S. and Mexico formally submitted their bid on Friday.
PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW: Both clubs have been guilty of overspending in the transfer market and underwhelming on the pitch in recent seasons. But they are going in different directions ahead of their meeting at Goodison Park on Sunday, writes Richard Jolly