James Pearce has provided an update on Liverpool’s alleged interest in Domagoj Vida, with reports from Turkey over the last few weeks insisting that multiple bids have been sent to Besiktas.
It is the view of many Liverpool fans that in order to challenge for and win the 2018/19 Premier League title, Jürgen Klopp must sign a new centre back to either compete with or replace Dejan Lovren in the starting XI.
While I personally believe that the Croatian has upped his performance levels significantly and more than earned another season as a starter for Liverpool, I agree with Jack Hallows who writes that Jöel Matip’s pathetic injury record means he isn’t a satisfactory backup.
The likes of Jamaal Lascelles and James Tarkowski have been linked a couple times as options for Klopp in the transfer market but Domagoj Vida is the name that has circulated the most over the last month.
James Pearce, reporter for the Liverpool Echo, has refuted all claims that the Reds are in for Vida – or any centre back for that matter.
He writes: “Klopp has no intention of signing another centre-back this summer – despite Matip’s injury setback.
“The Reds have been repeatedly linked with a move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida with fresh reports suggesting that a bid of around £19.5million had been tabled.
“However, Liverpool have no interest in the Croatia international and are baffled by the constant speculation linking them with Vida.
“Matip, who has flown home from the tour of America, is expected to be sidelined for a fortnight after limping out of last weekend’s defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Charlotte.
“But Klopp isn’t concerned about a lack of defensive cover ahead of the Premier League opener against West Ham on August 12.”