Liverpool does not need an extra defender, says coach

Aubrey Yates
August 8, 2017

Jurgen Klopp has recently said that Liverpool don't need to sign another centre-back, though he will surely change his tune now.

"I would like to make clear that I have nothing but gratitude to everyone at Southampton for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League". The transfer market is open until August 31. "We can not force the things and we would never get a centre back", the former Borussia Dortmund coach said.

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With Liverpool odds-on at 1/2, Chelsea are now 15/8 to sign Van Dijk, who can be backed at 8/1 to still be with the Saints after the current transfer window closes.

Klopp can not believe his own words when he claims he is "happy" with his squad and doesn't need too many more additions ahead of a season that may include a glut of high octane Champions League games, and what he hopes will be a Premier League title challenge. "Five. Then you win a prize", Klopp was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.

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You can imagine we are still working on different things and we will see if it works.

We have the need, we have some but you don't take any.

It remains to be seen how this situation will develop and play out but it is hard to see how the Dutch defender can be part of the Saints side when they begin their Premier League campaign against Swansea City next weekend at this stage. The 26-year-old has been one of the most impressive defenders in the Premier League since joining Southampton. "I will be appealing what I feel to be an unjustified sanction and their inability to follow the correct disciplinary protocol in due course", he said in a statement.

"I'm really fine with pre-season so far", he said. You saw it. He has matured 100 per cent. "That'€™s cool and I can not ignore it".

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