Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tipped to make signing to replace one player

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will sign a new centre-half in the transfer window to replace Dejan Lovren, former Premier League ace Paul Robinson claims. The Reds announced they had sold the Croatia international to Zenit St. Petersburg on Monday.

Liverpool received around £11m for the 31-year-old, who spent six years at Anfield.

Lovren’s exit leaves Klopp with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip as his main centre-halves for next season.

And Robinson claims the Liverpool boss will sign a central defender in the transfer window as the Reds look to challenge on all fronts next season.

He told Football Insider: “Lovren is very inconsistent and he has mistakes in him.

“I do not think it was a tough decision to let him go.

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“It will be a position that Liverpool strengthen in.

“They have Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip, who played extremely well this season prior to injury – they carry three top centre-halves.

“They will not just let Lovren go without signing a replacement.

“They will move to replace him because they will want to compete on all fronts this year. It was a move that worked for both parties.”

Lovren followed Adam Lallana out of the Anfield exit, with the midfielder joining Brighton.


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Klopp praised Lovren after the defender’s exit was announced, with the Liverpool boss hailing his commitment.

“Another Liverpool legend who leaves the club, because he was absolutely a very, very important part of this team from the first day since I was in,” Klopp said.

“I remember when we played with Dortmund against Liverpool in the pre-season friendly and Dejan scored with a header with incredible power. That was the image I had in my mind when I came here and I thought about the defenders we had at the time.

“He played super games and scored one of the most important goals of our history in the 4-3 against Borussia Dortmund; a really wonderful moment to share.

“He had so many good games. Yes, I think he will not like the Tottenham game when I took him off in the first half, but it is part of football and part of development – and he always came back.

“When he was fit, he was very, very, very often in the team. A great player and a great person.

“Yesterday we said, ‘Who is now the best friend of Mo?’ because they were really real, real bezzies. They were really close and that’s the thing, we will miss him.

“He is a model athlete, has everything you need and now he goes to Russia, but he can come back always – he will be always welcome because he is a really nice guy.”

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