Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to ask his bosses for some defensive reinforcements in the summer, after a nightmarish January transfer window left his side especially short at the back, as reported by The Sun.
Well, the former Borussia Dortmund boss oversaw a terrible winter window in which no new faces arrived at the club, but one departed in right-back Nathaniel Clyne who joined Bournemouth on loan.
With his backline already looking thin in depth, Klopp sanctioned the departure of the England international as he appeared to be content with Trent Alexander-Arnold and utility man James Milner as his options at right-back, along with centre-back Joe Gomez and midfielder Fabinho if need be.
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However, injuries to Alexander-Arnold and Gomez, and a one-game suspension for Milner to boot, has seen Klopp field 18-year-old Rafael Camacho at right-back and even Jordan Henderson in that area for the 1-1 draw against Leicester.
The report from The Sun states that the Reds boss was keen on some defensive reinforcements in January, but no players arrived at Anfield. Since the final days of the window, Liverpool have been involved in two score draws against the Foxes and West Ham, which has handed champions Manchester City a lifeline in the title race.
It seems strange that the German boss would allow one of his two senior right-backs to leave the club amidst a tense title race, so the question has to be asked: did Klopp want Clyne to go, and was he promised a new signing?
Of course, it is tough to buy top quality players in January for sensible fees, as no club wants to lose a key player mid-season, but it would have been wise for the Reds to have ensured a new face was arriving before allowing Clyne to join the Cherries.
It could be a decision which proves pivotal in the race for the Premier League title.