Liverpool have been quiet, restricted even in the transfer market this summer. The Reds have sold one player and brought another in and despite links to stars across Europe there have been no further deals made in the senior side. This lack of activity has left the boss a man short in defence, Jürgen Klopp’s recent comments indicate that Fabinho could be the fourth choice centre back this season.
To Russia with Lov
I don’t care, I really don’t. I will continue to use the subheading To Russia with Lov every single time I talk about the Croatian being sold to Zenit.
The Reds bagged £10.9m when they offloaded the World Cup finalist. The move made sense for all involved, Lovren is an incredibly talented centre back, far too talented to be fourth choice.
The ex-Southampton man’s departure has left the Reds without a fourth choice centre back, a gap that seems to be remaining unfilled.
Klopp comments on defence
Ahead of Liverpool’s season opener with Leeds United, Jürgen Klopp was asked about whether or not he will be strengthening the numbers in defence. The Standard reported the gaffer’s response:
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“The situation is obvious, we have a lot of centre-backs, pretty much all of them apart from the three we had last year are all pretty young, which is good.
“A lot of space for development and they all did well; Sepp did well, Ki-Jana prefers right-back but did well, Billy did really well considering his age especially, and Nat Phillips came back from Stuttgart full of confidence.
“But Fabinho can play it as well, he did it against Bayern in the Champions League once. It worked pretty well because he is a smart player…Be ready for a creative solution in the right moments but hope that it will never come up.”
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Jürgen Klopp’s comments seem to indicate that he isn’t shy of using Fabinho at a centre half this season.
We saw the Brazilian play in the back four when the Reds held Bayern Munich to a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
The defensive midfielder was also occasionally used in the role when playing for Monaco.
This ‘creative solution’ would certainly save the club a lot of money and would also give the Reds time to line up a more long term option that they could pursue next summer when the financial situation is less precarious.