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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may have unwittingly prevented himself from being able to sign a new centre-back in the January transfer window due to a decision he made four years ago. With just a few days left before the transfer deadline passes, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Liverpool will bring in extra defensive cover for the second half of the season.
Klopp has made it clear that a new centre-back “would help, 100 per cent” but admits the decision remains out of his hands.
A decision was made in the summer not to replace Dejan Lovren, instead investing the money from his departure elsewhere in the squad.
That was before both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were ruled out with long-term injuries in the space of a few weeks at the start of the season.
Reports have suggested that Liverpool are looking at signing a new centre-back, but not until the summer transfer window opens at the end of the campaign.
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Liverpool’s poor form over the past month has seemingly failed to change their mind either, with Fabinho being the only constant face in the heart of defence.
But the Irish Independent point out a decision made in 2017 by Klopp may be the reason he isn’t pushing too hard for a new signing this month.
Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have invested heaps into the club and it’s future over the years while growing popular among the Liverpool fanbase.
Their decision to increase the stadium capacity at Anfield as opposed to building a new ground entirely – as was proposed under the previous owners – was arguably the most popular of all.
Klopp is often consulted by FSG and back in 2017, the Liverpool boss made aware that £50million was available if he wanted to reinvest in the first-team squad.
Instead, the German coach suggested merging the first team and academy squads into one place – moving from Melwood to a new state-of-the-art training complex in Kirkby.
Klopp could have easily asked for that £50m to be pumped into his first-team squad, at a time when Liverpool weren’t competing at the top of the table, nor in Europe.
But the report suggests Klopp’s decision to invest in the future of the club hints at unity with the Liverpool owners.
Klopp has earned legendary status on the red side of Merseyside for his triumphs in the Champions League and Premier League.
It’s been far from plain-sailing in Liverpool’s bid to defend their title, but FSG have no plans to follow a similar route to rival owners.
Managers such as Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini have all lost their jobs just months after winning Premier League titles at Chelsea, Leicester and Manchester City.
Liverpool are seemingly trying to buck the trend with full faith in Klopp’s abilities to turn things around.
And while the Liverpool boss may be somewhat frustrated at not being given the funds to sign a new centre-back this month, all signs continue to suggest he remains united with the club’s American owners.
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