Liverpool’s main ambition before the new season starts is recruiting a new central defender to partner Virgil van Dijk, claim the Guardian.
Paul O’Brien writes:
“He [Klopp] has made a high-class centre-back his priority target for this summer, ranking it even higher than getting Liverpool a new goalkeeper.”
The journalist goes on to name three Englishman as potential candidates in James Tarkowski, Harry Maguire and Jamaal Lascelles.
Frankly, we think this is simply incorrect.
The two positions Liverpool need to focus on first are playmaker and goalkeeper.
Coutinho’s exit has left our midfield bereft of natural creativity, and although Naby Keita will provide some of that, a genuine no.10 is an absolute necessity – as proven by our aggressive chase of Nabil Fekir (who by the way – is still on the radar according to his agent) this summer.
What’s more, Loris Karius’s mistakes in the Champions League Final prove we need a world-class no.1 – or at least a top keeper to compete with the German.
At centre-back, we have an ever-improving Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan to compete for one spot alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Klopp rates both Lovren and Matip highly (rightly or wrongly) and there’s no way another big money central defender is our ‘priority’ after already making van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender in January at £75m.
Sorry, Paul O’Brien, you’re wrong on this one.