Liverpool manager

Jurgen Klopp could make a move to sign West Ham defender Issa Diop to bolster the “makeshift” defence at Liverpool, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Reds looked “very average” in their 1-0 defeat to Burnley and that a new centre-back could help bring some stability to Anfield.

As revealed by Football Insider, West Ham have made Diop, 24, available for loan this month after his fall down the pecking order in east London.

He has played just five times across all competitions this term with the likes of Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena all preferred by David Moyes.

Having seen Klopp play Fabinho alongside Joel Matip against Burnley and with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both long-term absentees, Whelan has suggested Liverpool could take advantage of Diop’s newly available status.

“I’m sure there’d be clubs like Liverpool looking at him,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“We’ve already seen (Fikayo) Tomori looking to get away from Chelsea he’s already left for AC Milan and Diop’s another player that is a big name, a big player and if he gets the right club, he could be very important to them.

“Look at Liverpool, they looked very, very average against Burnley on Thursday night, there’s no doubt about that, there’s a lot of players out of form right now for Liverpool.

“That backline is always been a little bit makeshift, especially with centre-halves.”

Klopp has not named a centre-back pairing featuring two recognised centre-halves for over two months, with midfielder Fabinho having slotted in alongside the likes of Matip and Rhys Williams.

The German boss even called upon Jordan Henderson to fill in at the heart of the defence in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

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