Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that he does not need to sign another centre-back in this window, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The Merseyside outfit have brought in three new signings this summer so far, strengthening the full-back positions and the team’s attacking threat.
Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke have all moved to Anfield, but this window for Liverpool seems to be more about the ones that got away rather than the new arrivals.
The Reds have been long linked to RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, but the Bundesliga club have stated numerous times that he is not for sale.
The saga of Liverpool’s summer, though, seems to be the pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
The Daily Star claims that Anfield is the Dutchman’s preferred destination, but the Saints are not prepared to play ball after accusing their rivals of tapping up the player.
Klopp has suggested that a deal is unlikely to be struck by claiming that he does not need another defender.
The German coach believes that Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez are good enough options.
The Liverpool Echo quotes Klopp as saying:
“We have four [centre-backs]. I don’t think we need more. In the moment I’m fine. We are open until the 31st [of August]. We cannot force the things and we would never get a centre-back just because.
“We have the need, we have some but you don’t take any. It doesn’t work. Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger, five. Then you win a prize! It’s difficult how it is. I’m happy.”
If the Merseyside outfit want to have a chance of winning the Premier League title this season, then they need to bolster the defence.
Liverpool have shown time and again that they are not strong enough at the back.
Matip and Lovren showed glimpses of a decent partnership last season, but consistency was lacking.
Liverpool need an established and strong leader in the back line, and they would certainly be getting that with Van Dijk.
The Reds can be scintillating going forward when Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are in their best form, but the defence is the club’s Achilles heel.
Klopp is a fantastic manager and proven winner, but he would be naive to truly think that his team do not need another centre-back.