Liverpool’s transfer window thus far has caused untold excitement among the Anfield faithful.
The long-awaited arrival of Naby Keita was followed by the signing of Fabinho, bolstering Liverpool’s midfield – a necessity given injury troubles and the sale of Emre Can.
Xherdan Shaqiri was likely signed for ‘back-up’, but given his display in yesterday’s 4-1 win over Manchester United, he could yet have a bigger role to play.
The Reds broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper, bringing aboard Alisson from Roma after Loris Karius’ crisis of confidence. Barring a much vaunted Nabil Fekir-like signing, it’s likely that that will be the extent of their activity in this window.
When asked if he will bring in another defender before the transfer window shuts on the new date of August 9, Klopp dismissed the notion.
“This summer, no. I don’t see the need”, he told the media.
He instead wants to place trust in Joe Gomez, perhaps alongside £75m man Virgil van Dijk. Gomez joined the club in 2015, but has only played 41 games for them thus far due to an injury that dogged his first two seasons. He did play 31 of those games last season alone though, and will continue to get time at centre back, per Klopp.
“Joe Gomez, playing in that role as a central defender, he combines a lot of things you don’t find on the transfer market so I don’t see the need at the moment.
“But, 12 days to go in the transfer market, a lot can happen. So now I say no, maybe you ask me tomorrow and I’ll say something different.”
Liverpool’s defensive form did improve with the January arrival of van Dijk, so sticking with the current set-up could pay off this season.