Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Jurgen Klopp happy with Liverpool defensive options amid Virgil van Dijk stalemate

Holland manager Dick Advocaat has urged Southampton to grant Van Dijk's wishes of a move Holland manager Dick Advocaat has urged Southampton to grant Van Dijk's wishes of a move
Spencer Simpson | 08 August, 2017, 00:27

In what could be called a stunning turnaround, Liverpool manager J├╝rgen Klopp recently spoke of the club's transfer targets.

We round up the latest Liverpool transfers rumours from around the British and European press on Sunday, August 6.

Speaking after the 3-1 friendly win over Athletic Bilbao in Dublin, Klopp said: "We have four centre-backs".

"The period of time that I have just spent injured and unable to play has put a number of things into perspective and made me realise just how important it is to take major opportunities should they arise", he said.

"I had very much hoped to retain the good relationship I've always enjoyed with everyone at the club, especially the fans, but unfortunately in light of everything that's happened this has now been seriously affected".

"We can not force things and we would never get a centre-back just because someone is available".

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Klopp also suggested there is a current lack of quality centre-backs on the market.

"There's still three weeks to go [in the transfer window] and I wouldn't be surprised if Jurgen's got a couple of cards up his sleeve and he brought a couple of big signings in", Gerrard told BT Sport.

Many still believe that Liverpool could return for Van Dijk before the end of the window, with the player known to be keen on a move to Anfield.

Liverpool legend Ian Rush hopes Coutinho stays, telling the Irish Examiner: "If you let him go, you need someone to replace him and it's hard to do that so far. It's hard how it is". "It's better that we don't have to but we could play tomorrow". We've seen the history of Christmas implosions and struggles to regain points lost and know lessons should have been learned.

The center-back has issued a statement on his position, which can be read in full here. Klopp doesn't seem to think so, and he's the guy in charge.

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