Jurgen Klopp is building a Liverpool team stacked with talent.
After creating one of the best attacks in world football last season, Klopp turned his attention to addressing other areas of his team this summer.
A key area he has strengthened is his midfield. The German manager decided to spend around £100 million on Naby Keita and Fabinho.
And after doubts about Loris Karius, Klopp decided to spend £67m on Alisson Becker, which was then a world record fee paid for a goalkeeper.
But doubts remain over Liverpool’s centre-back options. While Virgil van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the Premier League, fans wanted Klopp to make another signing to partner the Dutch defender.
However, Klopp did not share the same thought process. In fact, his defensive options are set to decrease in the coming days.
It has been widely reported that Klopp is set to sell Ragnar Klavan to Cagliari in a £2 million deal.
But why would Klopp decide to sell one of his defenders, especially when his options in that area are sparse already?
David Maddock of the Mirror has answered that question, and it revolves around a certain youngster at Liverpool.
He wrote on Twitter: “Klopp sanctioned move for Klavan to Cagliari, despite injuries to Lovren and Matip, because of strong desire to offer route into squad for young players. Nat Phillips has big potential and #LFC boss keen to encourage and develop him.”
And after a fan questioned that decision, Maddock responded: “Klopp rates him, just as he did Joe Gomez. Gomez now a regular. Will try to offer same route….”
It’s a bold decision to get rid of experience in favour of youth, but it could be one that pays off for Klopp and Liverpool in the long run.
Philipps, a 21-year-old who signed for Liverpool from Bolton in 2016, impressed during pre-season with a number of assured performances at centre-back.
It seems Klopp must have a lot of faith in him having sanctioned the sale of an accomplished player like Klavan.
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