There can be no surprise that Jurgen Klopp splashed the cash (the fee was understood to be worth £75 million) to acquire Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in the most recent winter transfer window. The reported fee of £75million ended the protracted saga over van Dijk which had been going on since the summer when Liverpool were accused of making an illegal approach for the Dutchman.
Even though van Dijk tried to force through the move to Liverpool and ended up training on his own at St Mary’s, Southampton held firm and held on to their prized asset and the fee for van Dijk surpassed the £54 million Manchester City paid Tottenham Hotspur to sign England full-back Kyle Walker during the summer window.
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However of the current top four Premier League clubs Liverpool have conceded the most goals hence Jurgen Klopp’s delight that he could welcome Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno to the first-team and add to his defensive options.
Liverpool hammered David Moyes’ West Ham team 4-1 at Anfield and it allowed Klopp to give Moreno some much needed first team minutes as he made his first appearance for Liverpool since the end of November following a number of injuries.
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Klopp is certainly happy to have more defensive options even if Andy Robertson has been playing well in the left-back position and the Liverpool boss had this to say at the press conference after the West Ham game:
“It’s good. We need them all.
“They all used the opportunity.
“I loved the situation that I could give Alberto this little sniff of a game again – because he deserves it. He trains on [such a high] level.
“We need the boys. Robbo is in fantastic shape at the moment, of course, but what happens if he gets the flu? You need the next one still in good shape.
“We cannot talk after a game and exchange excuses and say, ‘we had a problem here or there’.
“The boys need to be ready all the time, constantly. That’s something we really have to make sure.”
So clearly Klopp recognises the need for improved defensive play from the Reds and he must be hoping that more competition in the defensive positions means less goals conceded.