Liverpool: Klopp opens up on if new defender will be signed
Sepp van den Berg is closing in on a loan move away from Liverpool, with reports claiming a deal could be completed by the end of the week. After signing from PEC Zwolle in 2019, Van den Berg has been limited to just four senior appearances and is yet to play this season.
The Dutch Under-19 international has only made appearances for the club’s development side in Premier League 2 this campaign.
However, he has been named on the bench by Jurgen Klopp, with the champions in the midst of a defensive injury crisis.
Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffered serious injuries at the start of the season, while Joel Matip is struggling with a muscular issue.
That has led to Klopp playing midfielders at the back, including Jordan Henderson in the Premier League defeat to Southampton.
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Despite that, Liverpool are willing to allow Van den Berg to leave on loan, in order to build more experience away from Anfield.
According to Football Insider, interest is high and the defender could make a move to a German club by Friday.
Klopp had been expected to sign a new defender in the January window, but admitted that would be difficult due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic .
“A supporter may look at it and think ‘they need a centre half and the other team has a good one so bring him in’. I understand that but my job is not that,” he explained.
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“My job is to really to make the players we have here as strong as possible to deal with the trickiest situation you can imagine – three senior centre halves and they are all injured.
“We cannot sort it now in the transfer market. The club tries what it can. But if they can’t then we have to do what we did so far, even when everyone is thinking ‘now they have no chance’.
“We must get stronger as a group, stick more together and fight against the world. Fight against the circumstances.
“Strike back with all you have and make it the most special season ever.”
“It is not that I say ‘by the way, a centre half would be really nice’ and they (the owners) say ‘wow, a centre half, really, why?”
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He added: “It is all clear. It is all on the table. We work on that, you can imagine. it is just not likely because of the situation in the world.
“We should not forget that the situation is a tough one for all people, and for football clubs as well.
“If the world was in a normal place, everything fine, would it be a situation where normally we do something? Yes, definitely. But we are not in that situation
“It’s not the best situation for the whole planet, so why should it be for the football club? And on top of that we have January and it is not the easiest transfer window. On top of that it is not having the money exactly as you want.”
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