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Huge blow for Liverpool in quest for defensive reinforcements – report

Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side ease past Bournemouth 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, a result which sent the Merseyside giants back into the Premier League’s top four.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash on the South Coast off the back of drawing 0-0 at home to struggling West Brom in midweek, but they rediscovered their attacking class to sweep aside Eddie Howe’s Cherries on Sunday. Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino were enough to secure a comprehensive victory for the Reds, and in turn moved them back into the top four in the Premier League following Tottenham’s heavy defeat to table-toppers Manchester City.

Consequently, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, although they are unlikely to be overly pleased with a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which suggests that they have suffered a huge blow in pursuit of Lazio centre-back Stefan De Vrij.

The 25-year-old made the move to the Italian giants back in 2014 after a long association with Feyenoord, and has since gone from strength to strength with 90 appearances for the club, 19 of which have come this term in their run to fifth place in the Serie A table.

And the Dutchman’s fine efforts in the heart of their backline has reportedly attracted the attention of Klopp’s Liverpool in the last few months, yet recent reports suggest that they have suffered a huge setback as De Vrij reportedly doesn’t want to make the move to the Premier League.

And that is sure to strike a significant blow in Klopp’s quest for defensive reinforcements in the forthcoming January transfer window.

Landlord’s verdict: Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday saw the club secure their second successive Premier League clean sheet, yet concerns still remain regarding their defensive ability over the course of the season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have still shipped more goals than any other side in the top four while they and Arsenal are the highest conceders (20) in the top seven, so it’s clear that reinforcements are needed to turn the Reds into genuine contenders.

However, reports suggest that Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij won’t be the man to solve those issues, as the 25-year-old reportedly wants to stay in Italy as opposed to make the move to England.

And given how well he has performed since moving to the Serie A side back in 2014, that is sure to come as a huge blow to Klopp in his quest for defensive improvements in January.

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