Liverpool have desperate transfer priority Jurgen Klopp needs to solve this summer
Liverpool have been quiet in the transfer window with Kostas Tsimikas the only incoming so far but Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly be desperate for at least one more signing. The Reds have already admitted their summer transfer plans were hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.
After being heavily linked with a move to sign Timo Werner, the Reds eventually pulled out of negotiations as they were reluctant to meet the striker’s demands.
Now Klopp may have to go into the new season once again depending on Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi.
Takumi Minamino has shown some promise to also become an option in the forward positions while Rhian Brewster looks set to fight for his place at Anfield.
Signing a new forward though may not be a top priority for Liverpool this summer though if they’re unable to find the right player at the right price.
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Klopp has arguably one of the best attacking line-ups in world football with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
The trio have also remained relatively injury free over the past few years as well, meaning Klopp hasn’t had to rely on other options.
But an area in which Klopp has faced several injury issues over the past few seasons has been at centre-back.
Virgil van Dijk has been injury-free ever since joining Liverpool in 2018.
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But the Dutchman has seen his playing partner at the back regularly change over the years.
Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have often held the position alongside Van Dijk, but both players have struggled to stay fit for a full season.
That has meant Dejan Lovren coming in to partner Van Dijk, but the Croatia international has since left the club to join Zenit St Petersburg.
Liverpool have two promising young centre-backs in Sepp van den Berg and Billy Koumetio, but Klopp will undoubtedly want a more experienced option if needed.
Manchester City were made to pay last season as Pep Guardiola started the campaign with just three senior centre-backs.
Vincent Kompany left the club that summer and City failed to bring in a replacement.
Aymeric Laporte soon suffered a long-term injury though with Fernandinho being moved back into a makeshift centre-back.
Guardiola was unable to find a regular centre-back pairing in Laporte’s absence as they soon slipped away from Liverpool in the title race.
Klopp will want to avoid any potential of a similar situation arising at Liverpool and may already be pushing for the club to bring in a replacement for Lovren.
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