Liverpool see bid for centre-back rejected

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Liverpool are enjoying a fine start to their Premier League title defence.

Jurgen Klopp’s men cruised to the Premier League title, taking 99 points from 38 games, losing just three games.

At the start of the campaign, they have endured a genuinely difficult fixture list, playing Leeds United, Chelsea, and Arsenal.

They beat Marcelo Bielsa’s side 4-3, before dispatching Chelsea 2-0 and downing Arsenal 3-1.

Those results have come amid a summer of recruitment that has seen the Reds strengthen their squad significantly.

The signing of Thiago has, naturally attracted the majority of headlines; he is a genuinely world-class midfielder and solves a creativity issue that the Liverpool midfield has had for some time.

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Diogo Jota also brings top-quality back-up to Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino, while Konstantinos Tsimikas allows for rotation at left-back.

Still, the Reds haven’t had it all their own way and a new report claims that they have seen a bid rejected for a centre-back.

Nicolo Schira, a transfer market expert, reports that Liverpool made an “important” bid for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak.

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The Bundesliga club rejected the offer, though, which was worth €24m (£21.7m), and AC Milan are now attempting to sign the defender.

Kabak only moved to Schalke last summer and has made 30 appearances for the club, surprisingly scoring three goals.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This has been a recurring theme for Liverpool.

They do clearly need some quality back-up at centre-back but one has to think that is what it will be: Back-up.

They have perhaps the best defender in world football in Virgil van Dijk and he is essentially immovable when fit.

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It leaves just one slot for the likes of Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and any new signing to fight for.

It means Liverpool are unlikely to truly splash the cash on the position, but bringing in a top-tier defender would help complete Klopp’s squad.

Kabak, though, does not seem to be the man, with Schalke driving a hard bargain, and him only a year into the contract he signed last summer.

They will surely keep tabs on him throughout the campaign but one imagines they will end the summer window without a new centre-back arriving at Anfield.

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