Jurgen Klopp clashes with Jamie Carragher over no Van Dijk replacement

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has clashed with former player Jamie Carragher over their transfer business this summer window.

The club legend questioned whether the club should have signed more defensive cover after Virgil van Dijk suffered a serious injury in the 2-2 draw against Everton on Saturday.

“Dejan Lovren went and they didn’t replace him so they only have three centre backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured,” Carragher told Sky Sports on Monday.

“There are question marks now about Joe Gomez. So there is no doubt that Liverpool had to go big in the transfer market.”

The next day, Jurgen Klopp responded to his comments in a news conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Ajax on Wednesday.

“We went into the season with three centre backs plus Fabinho as cover and some youngsters,” Klopp said. “It’s hard to have four world-class centre halves.

“If anyone wants to tell us we made a mistake — I think Carragher mentioned already — there are a few reasons why they don’t do this job.”

But, Jamie Carragher replied to Klopp’s criticism on social media: “Not once this season have I said it was a mistake for Klopp not to buy a CB for the exact reason he states.”

Meanwhile, Van Dijk is set to undergo knee surgery and faces a lengthy period on the sidelines.

And Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum slammed Merseyside rivals Everton on Tuesday and said the challenges in the game were “unacceptable” and “stupid.”


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