'I am a bit worried' - John Aldridge delivers verdict on Liverpool squad after summer business
By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has admitted his worries over the squad’s lack of centre-back depth after the closure of the summer transfer window on Thursday evening.
The Reds completed the summer with four signings, without including Naby Keita, who will sign next year from RB Leipzig.
Of those four signings three were attackers with Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all joining, while the only defensive addition was left-back Andrew Robertson from Hull.
Liverpool were linked with Southampton star centre-back Virgil van Dijk throughout the summer, but the window closed with him remaining at the Saints and Aldridge has now told he is worried about the lack of quality backup behind Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.
“Ideally, we wanted to see a top centre-back come in to solidify things defensively. But it didn’t happen after Southampton refused to sell Virgil van Dijk,” told Aldridge, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
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“Our interest in him won’t go away and there’s no reason why that deal can’t happen in January.
“Until then Klopp will have to push on with what he’s got. I am a bit worried as we don’t have much back up if either Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip get injured.
“Ragnar Klavan can do a job and Joe Gomez has huge potential but there’s no-one else who can fill in.”
The defensive area has often been highlighted as a concern for Liverpool in recent years and last season they conceded the most goals in the Premier League’s top four with 42 strikes let in from their 38 league games.
This season hasn’t seen much difference either and the Reds have already conceded the most out of the top five with three goals from three games, which all came in the season opening 3-3 draw against Watford.
Now, fans will just be hoping that both Lovren and Matip can stay fit with the squad having to compete in both the Premier League and Champions League this season.
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