Ben Chilwell.

Jurgen Klopp refused to pay £10m for Leicester City's Ben Chilwell

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Liverpool's desperate need for a new left-back is well documented.

For too long Alberto Moreno has plagued Anfield with underwhelming displays and costly mistakes, with his performance against Sevilla in the Europa League final a particular example.

A poor headed clearance from the Spaniard on May 18 fell straight to right-back Mariamo, who then nutmegged Moreno before assisting Kevin Gameiro's equaliser.


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It was the latest in a string of embarrassing errors and one that sparked Sevilla's comeback.

As a result, Jurgen Klopp sought to replace the 24-year-old throughout the summer transfer window and made Leicester City's Ben Chilwell his number one target.

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For one reason or another, though, he failed to sign the exciting 19-year-old.

However, it's now been revealed exactly why Klopp was unable to lure Chilwell from Leicester's grasp - and it's bound to infuriate Liverpool fans.

According to Tony Barrett, Klopp refused to meet the Foxes' £10 million valuation of the England youngster due to his lack of Premier League experience.

Chilwell would eventually sign a new five-year deal at the King Power Stadium, but £10 million is a drop in the ocean where Liverpool's financial pool is concerned - they should have coughed up the cash without hesitation.

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Germany international Jonas Hector and Hull City's Andrew Robertson were also linked with moves to Merseyside but neither materialised.

Klopp's cash-strapped approach was perhaps to be expected, though, after he defended Moreno's performances last month.

Following his side's 4-3 victory over Arsenal, during which Moreno gave away a penalty, he said: "If someone plays not too good then we talk about it in the press conference? That's cool.

"He was involved in a penalty situation, right? That's something we spoke about. How can we defend together differently? Because the situation was cleared two times before the penalty situation.

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"In my opinion, we could have avoided this situation five or six times before and then we came to this situation where Alberto could have done better, that's right, but that's all.

"But I don't understand what we are talking about. We are talking about Alberto Moreno because he didn't defend so well against Arsenal? I don't understand the conversation, maybe I should read more newspapers.

"The world is not satisfied with our left back or what? I'm sorry people aren't happy with Alberto Moreno."

Klopp has endeared himself to Liverpool fans since taking over last year, but his decision to not replace Moreno is one that won't go down well in the long run.

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