Liverpool target Premier League defensive duo

Liverpool are targeting Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles and Burnley’s James Tarkowski with the view to sign one of them.

Despite the general opinion of Liverpool’s defence being that they are good at times with the tendency to buckle under pressure, Jürgen Klopp’s backline has been the best in the Premier League since October last year.

In the last 29 league fixtures, the Anfield side has conceded just 22 goals – the lowest amount recorded by any team in England’s top division.

Klopp will still be targeting new a new defender this season in spite of that, with his aim to bolster a backline that has been stretched thin by injuries.

According to the Independent’s Miguel Delaney, “Jurgen Klopp has identified Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles as his summer centre-half targets, as he seeks to bolster his Liverpool squad for next season.”

Delaney writes that Klopp’s transfer list includes a centre back, another attacker and a goalkeeper, who he says is “likely” to be Jack Butland.

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Tarkowski and Lascelles are two defenders that Liverpool view as fitting their requirements and the Reds will look to buy one of them this summer.

It’s good to see that Klopp is looking to bolster the backline even further this summer, even if many of us would much rather see a player of Kalidou Koulibaly’s stature arrive.

What I take from this news – whether it is true or not – is that Klopp trusts Dejan Lovren and despite a blip against Roma at Anfield, the Croatian has been massively improved since the cock-up against Spurs last year.

Lovren and co. will need to be on their best form to contain the likes of Ronaldo this weekend and no new signings will be available to help out – even if that was something Klopp wanted.

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