Klopp reiterates Liverpool will try to sign a defender before transfer deadline amid links to Arsenal’s Mustafi

The Reds boss admits that he is on the lookout for another centre-back as rumours link a World Cup-winning defender to the Anfield side

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that it is his intention to make a move for a centre-back before the close of the transfer window on Monday.

Long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have hampered the Anfield club for much of the season, while Joel Matip has regularly picked up knocks, rendering him unavailable.

With stop-gap Fabinho also on the sidelines, Liverpool have been forced to look to their academy products and skipper Jordan Henderson, more naturally a midfielder, to plug the gaps in the heart of their rearguard.

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Klopp has admitted now, that action may need to be take.

Asked about the prospect of signing a central defender, the former Borussia Dortmund boss said: “We will try.

“It is funny when you all think: ‘Oh Liverpool will be just fine with the situation and they don’t care or try.’ We try but there is nothing to say until something happens.

“We will see. We still try to do the right things. If that’s possible, we will do it. If not, we won’t.”

Liverpool have most recently been linked with a swoop for Arsenal centre-back Shkrodan Mustafi.

The Germany international centre-back has featured only three times for the Gunners in the Premier League this season, totalling 43 minutes of action. Moreover, his contract is up at the end of the season and a renewal seems a distant possibility.

Arsenal have already shown a willingness to cut their wage bill this January by releasing Mesut Ozil to sign for Fenerbahce and Soktratis Papastathopoulos to Olympiacos.

However, the 28-year-old former Everton youth is not the only track that Liverpool have been following in January.

The Reds have been closely linked with a move for Lille’s Netherlands international centre-back Sven Botman. The Ligue 1 side, however, have indicated that they have no intention of allowing a player that they signed from Ajax last summer to depart so rapidly.

Liverpool have also been associated with New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long. The Anfield club, according to reports, may seek to take advantage of the MLS off-season to complete a loan deal for the 28-year-old USA international until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

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