Jurgen Klopp is unhappy with Liverpool’s board over their refusal to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the January window, according to reports.
Liverpool’s bid to defend their league title took a major hit earlier this campaign when Van Dijk and Joe Gomez were ruled out with long-term injuries.
Klopp has faced another headache with an injury to Joel Matip, who will also be absent for the remainder of the season with an injury.
Liverpool have had to play Henderson and Fabinho as their central defensive pairing, and after the defeat to Manchester City, they currently find themselves 10 points behind Guardiola’s side.
According to The Sun, Klopp has grown ‘increasingly frustrated’ with the club’s transfer policy and is unhappy that they did not approve the deal to sign Koulibaly.
The Senegal international has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, but Napoli have stood firm over their £100 million valuation.
The report claims Klopp ‘made it clear’ to Liverpool’s board that Koulibaly was his key target.
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Speaking about Liverpool’s pursuit of a new centre-back, Klopp said: ‘We talk about a centre-half, and yes, it would help 100 percent. We discuss the situation pretty much on a daily basis, and I make recommendations.
‘But I cannot spend the money. I don’t make these decisions. There are people who are responsible for the whole thing, and I cannot make their decisions.
‘When I say this, I know of course what we would do in an ideal world, but the world is not ideal. So we have to deal with the situation.’
The Reds ended up signing two central defenders on deadline day as Ben Davies joined from Preston North End, while Ozan Kabak joined the club from Schalke on loan for the rest of the campaign.