Liverpool transfer U-turn… Klopp cancels late move for defensive midfielder

Jurgen Klopp has blocked Lucas Leiva’s potential move from Liverpool to Galatasaray amid fears that he may be left short of cover over the coming season, according to reports from the Mirror.

The Reds’ Brazilian holding midfielder, who has become a cult hero at Anfield over the years, had emerged as a target for the Turkish giants, who believed that a deal to take him to Istanbul was close.

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However, reports claim that Klopp has had a change of heart and blocked Lucas’ departure amid fears that injuries could leave him short of cover at the base of midfield or at centre-back across the coming campaign.

The 29-year-old South American can play in both roles, and although he’s unlikely to be anywhere near the German’s first XI, his ability to slot in and his experience are attractive.

Jordan Henderson has had his injury problems over the course of the past year, while new signing Marko Grujic is yet to play a competitive game for the Merseysiders, so there are no guarantees in terms of numbers for holding midfield roles.

Meanwhile at centre-back, Joel Matip has only just returned from being sidelined in pre-season action, while Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho are set for significant spells on the sidelines with Achilles issues.

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