After last weekend’s collapse on the south coast and with Mamadou Sakho indefinitely exiled, you would assume a new central defender would be wanted at Liverpool.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Jürgen Klopp wishes to concentrate on strengthening other areas on his playing squad.
There will, in that case, be no deal for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, who is rumoured to have a £25m release clause in his contract.
Maybe a left-back will be considered then, despite James Milner’s manful efforts in the role so far this term?
Schalke’s Sead Kolasinac is a target, according to Sport Bild, but Manchester City could provide competition for the 23-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, in outgoing news on the coaching staff, the Under-23s head coach Michael Beale has taken charge of his last reserve fixture before heading to South America.
The coach’s departure for Sao Paolo creates a vacancy in Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff and, as The Independent reported last week, Steven Gerrard is expected to fill it.
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