Neven Subotic has praised Jürgen Klopp amid rumours the Serbian could join Liverpool.
Despite spending large periods of this season on the sidelines, the Bundesliga defender has still been tipped with a move to the Merseyside club. As if Liverpool need any more injury-prone players, eh?
Despite what many may have thought at the beginning of the season, Liverpool’s squad depth isn’t as impressive as initially thought. A new central defender is required, as shown by the prolonged absence of new signing Joel Matip – ironically also from the Bundesliga.
It would seem as though Klopp could be a major pull factor for Subotic (who would have thought). The Serbian played under Klopp in Germany and won several trophies and more importantly, blossomed into a top-class defender before several injuries meant he saw more of the treatment table than of the football pitch.
“Klopp has been my mentor for nine years, he supported me, encouraged me, had trust in me,” Subotic told the Daily Star in an exclusive.
“With him and Dortmund I had the most amazing time. For that, I am forever thankful.
“He was and is an important person in my life and I owe him a lot.”
Although Subotic is only 28 years old, you could make a strong argument that with his injuries, the best form of his life is behind him although he has a lot of experience, Liverpool can’t afford to sign another injury-prone centre-back and risk having two central defenders sitting on the sidelines.
If I am being entirely honest with you, I don’t think Klopp is going to make any signings this month. If he was going to replace Sadio Mane, he wouldn’t have taken so long and as there aren’t any concrete reports on any players heading to Liverpool, it doesn’t seem very likely. Klopp made it very clear that he wouldn’t make any stop-gap signings and wants a permanent solution to any issues he might have.
Subotic might be massively fond of Jürgen but it’s unlikely they’ll be reuniting any time soon.