Jurgen Klopp’s transfer ‘push’ shows he admits defeat in Jamie Carragher row

"It's hard to have four world-class centre-halves. If anyone wants to tell us we made a mistake, I think Carragher mentioned already.

"There are a few reasons why they don't do this job…"

Jurgen Klopp's blunt response to Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was one that instantly generated headlines.

The Reds boss was responding to Carragher's opinion that his old club made a crucial mistake in not signing a centre-back in the summer window.

"Dejan Lovren went and they didn't replace him so they only have three centre-backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured," Carragher said, after Virgil van Dijk suffered his ACL injury in the Merseyside derby.

Just days after that very public spat, Joe Gomez suffered a similar fate to his defensive partner, as he was ruled out for a significant portion of the season.

In the months following Gomez's injury, Klopp and his players have coped impressively. Fabinho, a midfielder by trade, has excelled at the heart of his defence, while the likes of Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have stepped up when needed.

But unfortunately for the Liverpool boss, Carragher's verdict on 'always injured' Matip has proved true, with the Cameroon international facing another lay-off with a muscular injury.

With the January window now open, Carragher doubled down on his assessment of Klopp's squad, claiming it would be "inconceivable" to not bring in a new recruit this month.

“Jurgen Klopp will be cursing a missed opportunity if Liverpool do not retain their title,” he told the Telegraph.

"The injury to Virgil Van Dijk alone will cost Liverpool between nine and 12 points over the course of this season.

“Although Fabinho has proved a fantastic deputy at the back, Joel Matip’s ongoing problems means, to me at least, that it is inconceivable that Liverpool will not sign another centre-half at the earliest opportunity.”

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However, while Klopp went public in disagreement last year, reports have emerged that his outlook is very different at the start of 2021.

Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) have claimed that Klopp is urging Anfield bosses to sanction a transfer this summer, with the German actively 'pushing' a deal behind the scenes.

The rest of January will prove whether Carragher will finally get his wish and while he will keep his pleasure to himself, there may be a hint of it and a feeling that he was right all along.

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