Defensive headache with Klopp
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So who should be awarded the contract to join Joe Gomez? There are some young, inexperienced central defenders on the club books, or perhaps Jordan Henderson or Gini Wijnaldum will retire from midfield?
But that is the question Jurgen Klopp faces before the Reds’ game against West Ham United on Saturday night. Virgil van Dijk has obviously been eliminated, and Joel Matip and Fabinho also seem to be in little danger at the moment.
At a time when Liverpool play two games a week, the last thing they need is numerous injuries in the same position.
Will Klopp use a radical solution?
Paul Gorst has been investigating what Klopp might do in defense on Saturday, and is also considering whether the Liverpool manager will return to the established 4-3-3 formation, having recently used 4-2-3-1.
Back then, in 2017, Dejan Lovren was the only fit central defender for a game in Brighton, so Klopp put the Croatian in a three-goal back-to-back with Wijnaldum and Emre Can. Liverpool also won the game 5-1, so it obviously worked quite well.
If there is even one consolation for Klopp that the club is currently struggling with injury problems in the central defense, it is that he has at least dealt with this problem in the past.
Whatever Klopp decides to do this weekend, it seems certain that he will tackle the 36th difference in central defense of his reign at Anfield. And there is a duo at the club that is incredibly unlike any of the 35 pairings to date, as Ian Doyle explains here.
Now and then a teenager comes along who seems inevitably destined to reach the climax of the game. One of the youngest is Isak Bergmann Johannesson, a 17-year-old Icelandic midfielder.
Interest in Wunderkind confirmed
He has obviously caught the attention of Juventus and Manchester United, so he must be doing something right. And according to IFK Norrkoping chief scout Stig Torbjornsen, the Reds are definitely interested in signing Johannesson as well.
“Everyone was there for him, they are all curious. Liverpool is one club, there are 10 more.
“This is normal and fun for the club and Isak himself,” he told the Daily Mail…