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Potentially huge setback for Klopp in quest for much-needed defensive reinforcements

Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend, perfectly setting them up for their tough trip to Arsenal on Friday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s men brushed aside Bournemouth 4-0 on Sunday to seal their first league victory in three matches, with goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino securing a comprehensive victory for the Merseyside giants, who in turn moved up to fourth place in the table. And that result and performance will stand them in good stead for their visit to Arsenal on Friday, which is a crucial game for both sides given that just a point and a place separates the Premier League giants in the table.

Consequently, there are many upbeat and delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern at present, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which includes comments from Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo for Radio CRC regarding the future of defender Sime Vrsaljko.

The 25-year-old full back has been at the La Liga outfit since 2016 but has struggled for regular minutes under Diego Simeone, which has since attracted attention regarding his future with Liverpool one side reportedly keeping tabs on his situation in a bid to bolster their defensive ranks.

However, Atletico president Cerezo has dealt a blow in those hopes by stating that the Croatia international will be going nowhere in January, saying: ‘Vrsaljko is an Atletico Madrid player and I expect him to remain an Atletico Madrid player in 2018 too.’

And these comments are likely to frustrate our resident Liverpool fans, as well as manager Klopp who may well have to turn his attentions to other targets ahead of the January window.

Landlord’s verdict: Liverpool’s defensive issues have been well documented in the last 18 months or so, and although the centre-backs often take much of the flak, the full backs haven’t been particularly strong either.

And with first choice right-back Nathaniel Clyne still out injured, manager Jurgen Klopp appears to have targeted Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko as a possible replacement, given his ability to play down both sides.

However, the Reds have suffered a huge setback given recent comments from the club’s president, which suggest that the 25-year-old is not going anywhere in January, and that is sure to scupper Klopp’s quest for much-needed defensive reinforcements at Anfield.

Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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