Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Jurgen Klopp Defends Summer Transfer Strategy, Central Defense

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino will decide today whether the Holland global, who handed in a transfer request over the summer amid strong interest from Liverpool, will feature at Crystal Palace.

Klopp's midweek assertion that his scouts had been unconvinced after watching potential alternatives to their main target Van Dijk about "500 million times" attracted scorn on social media with some fans complaining that the German was starting to sound like former manager Brendan Rodgers in his final days.

"We watched all of them 500million times, and to cool the people down what if the new player doesn't hit the first ball and he makes exactly the same mistake?" said Klopp.

"They all can. They are all good out there but they are not that good that you say 'yes they could help immediately.' I had to make a decision and the decision was our boys are not worse than them".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is adamant his defence is good enough.

'I believe in trust.

"For me the captain is someone who the team may decide and something that you have to deserve - not something the manager can give the player", the manager said.

"Oh yeah, sometimes they make bulls**t, and we are not happy. That's how I understand life", he explained.

He told reporters after a 2-2 draw in the Reds" first group stage outing of the season: "I know you are always looking for this thing - the defence was always something being talked about: "We didn't sign this or that'".

'Really, with all this about [our defenders], go out there and ask other teams whether they'd like to pick them. We are really on a good way.

"The fact Arsenal didn't really strengthen at the back apart from Sead Kolasinac, who is more of a left-back, shows where Wenger's priorities are", he said.

"We have to take the point and carry on". When I came in, we were ninth and now, "oof".

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