Liverpool contact Sokratis over possible signing of Greek defender

Liverpool contact Sokratis over possible signing of Greek defender

Klopp admits defensive needs

Klopp finally admitted recently that the defensive need for Liverpool to recruit would help them in their mission to turn around their poor recent run of form.

Speaking after the 1-0 loss to Burnley, he admitted that an additional senior central defender would help them, however did go on to say that their problem goes much deeper than simply their backline.

“Now we talk here about a centre-half, yes it would help, 100 per cent. Would we score more goals with a centre-half, I am not sure. Would it give us a little bit more stability in specific moments? Yes,” said Klopp.

“It’s not about that. It’s not how it could be with someone else – never ever have we spoke in the transfer window like this, because it would be really an excuse and we don’t need that.”

Liverpool contact Sokratis over possible signing of Greek defender

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“What we have to do is improve the football in the decisive areas with this squad – that’s my job, not sitting here and being disappointed or frustrated with some decisions.”

Once again Liverpool failed to win yesterday in their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Whilst they managed to score goals, the defence, which included youngster Rhys Williams, was unable to be resolute enough to stop United’s onslaught. This could yet further convince the German coach of the need for signings.

Sokratis contacted

Clubs are typically restricted in regards to finances in January and furthermore, with the impact of the pandemic, this has furthered tightening of the purse strings for many sides.

Therefore, looking tactfully at the market and finding some cheaper options which will provide decent quality will be a priority during the winter window. Possible free transfers and loan deals will be attractive for many sides as they look for quick fixes before then reevaluating their options in the summer window.

Liverpool contact Sokratis over possible signing of Greek defender

DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 21: Sokratis Papastathopoulos #25 of Borussia Dortmund reacts during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park on April 21, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

This appears to be the case for Liverpool also who were linked with a move for former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The Greek defender was released by Arsenal this January after not being included in the Premier League and Europa League squads for the current campaign.

According to The Athletic, Liverpool made contact with Sokratis’ representatives to find out further information on his situation, however a possible deal is unlikely. The 32-year-old is supposedly more likely to return to his homeland and join Greek giants Olympiacos.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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