Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer has suggested that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is probably not too pleased with how his club have dealt with Virgil van Dijk’s injury.
Van Dijk has been out injured since October following a challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and is expected to miss the rest of the season, with Liverpool unable to put a time frame on the defender’s return.
Since then, the Reds have gone on to sign Ben Davies from Preston North End and Ozan Kabak from Schalke in an effort to bolster an injury-plagued defence.
Palmer, however, believes Klopp would have been disappointed with the club’s failure to bring in a replacement of a similar calibre to Van Dijk during the January transfer window.
In an exclusive interview with FFC, the retired England international said:
“There are certain people that just can’t be out your team, and Virgil van Dijk is one of those players for Liverpool. He’s an outstanding defender. And so, you know, should they have replaced him at Christmas?
“From the way Klopp was speaking, I don’t think funds were available for him to do that. So I think he wasn’t too pleased about that.”
Given Van Dijk’s influence since arriving at Liverpool from Southampton, helping the Merseyside club to a Premier League title and Champions League trophy, Klopp certainly could have done with an elite centre-back coming in.
RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, who will join Bayern Munich in the summer, was one central defender that Liverpool were said to be interested in, with club legend Jamie Carragher having previously urged his old side to snap him up.