The early signings of Mo Salah and Dominic Solanke seem so long ago now for the Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern, with the window proving rather difficult since that double deal.
Our resident Reds have seen their club’s star man linked with a move away, as well as a number of bids for the latest footballing-hipster-favourite, Naby Keita, snubbed by Bundesliga RB Leipzig over the course of the summer.
There’s also been the small matter of a certain Dutch defender. Our local Kopites were thoroughly embarrassed when Liverpool were forced to publicly apologise and drop their interest in Southampton skipper Virgil van Dijk, though were pleased to see reports continuing to tout a potential move.
However, all hope appears to have been lost, following comments sourced by the Daily Mirror. Indeed, Jurgen Klopp has dropped a major hint that he will not strengthen his central defensive options and claimed he’s happy with his lot.
“We have four centre-backs. I don’t think we need more,” he said.
“Just at the moment I’m fine. The transfer market is open until the 31st of August.
“We cannot force things and we would never get a centre-back just because someone is available.”
Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are all able to operate in those areas, along with Anfield outcast Mamadou Sakho. While they are reasonably strong options, none of have proved overly popular in the Tavern.
Southampton aren’t understood to want to sell their prize asset and, while Liverpool reportedly remain ready to shatter their transfer record on him should they change their mind, seem adamant in that regard.
The Saints really don’t seem to want to budge. Indeed, the money available to every Premier League side now means there’s no financial burden to succumb to pressure from even the biggest clubs in England, a huge blow for Liverpool.
While Klopp may claim he’s got enough to go into the season with, defensive frailty has proved a sewing motif during his tenure on Merseyside and VVD would have been their best possible signing.