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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has major transfer problem forcing January centre-back stance

Liverpoool boss Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a major transfer problem. The manager has a problem convincing any new centre-back that they will be regularly involved next season when Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are back to full fitness, that’s according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Reds have no fit senior central defender due to injuries. Van Dijk and Gomez are unlikely to play again this season due to knee injuries while Joel Matip is currently sidelined with a muscle problem.

Romano insists it is difficult for the Merseyside club to convince any targets that they will be as important to the team next season.

“So Jurgen Klopp said, I think is being honest and it’s not usual for a manager but he has been honest,” Romano told Give Me Sport. “Just because they will like a centre back, for sure, they need a centre back, as you say because of many injuries, but you know, a lot of players are like worried (thinking) ‘I’m joining Liverpool, I go there for two months, I play, then Van Dijk is back. Stars are back, like Matip and other players, Joe Gomez, and I’m not playing, I’m on the bench for the next season’ and everything.”

Liverpool have been heavily linked with Schalke’s Ozan Kabak or Sven Botman of Lille. But Romano says moves have not been made for either, though they have been watched.

He added: “For sure, Kabak has been scouted also Botman. About Botman, we heard a lot of talks about possible medicals and something but it’s absolutely not true at the moment. For sure, Liverpool appreciate the player but they have not done anything with the manager, the player the agent or with the club, with Lille in this case.”

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