Liverpool have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt and the London Evening Standard has explained the Reds’ decision to do so.

Joel Matip was sublime during the 2019 portion of the 18/19 Premier League season and yet it still feels as though he hasn’t done enough to guarantee himself a starting berth alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Joe Gomez is returning to full fitness and should be ready to start the 19/20 campaign strong and healthy after he fractured his leg against Burnley in December.

Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

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Many supporters want to see Jurgen Klopp go big and sign de Ligt from Ajax this summer but as the Liverpool Echo reported on Monday, it does not seem as though that will happen.

The Merseyside-based newspaper claims it’s because Klopp doesn’t want to sign a new centre back this summer but the London Evening Standard has a different view on the matter.


Writing for the Standard, David Lynch claims that the Reds don’t want to sanction such a significant outlay for a player that is not a guaranteed starter as was their motivation for pulling out of the race to sign Lloyd Kelly.

Lloyd Kelly.

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If this is true, it’s then blatantly clear that Klopp plans for Joe Gomez to return to the starting XI next season and believes the Englishman can overcome his injury problems and cement his place in the team.

Of course, Matip will still serve as a brilliant backup but Dejan Lovren needs to be sold this summer as he simply isn’t good enough for a team that is looking to win major titles.

If Liverpool aren’t going to sign de Ligt, that’s fine but keeping Lovren at the club is simply the wrong decision.

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