When Dejan Lovren left Liverpool in the summer for Zenit St Petersburg, it was with Jurgen Klopp’s blessing.
“Another Liverpool legend who leaves the club, because he was absolutely a very, very important part of this team from the first day since I was in,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.
“When he was fit, he was very, very, very often in the team. A great player and a great person.
“Really good, in the air a machine, and I really liked working together with him.”
Despite the occasional error, the Croatian was a decent, experienced option to have in the squad.
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But with Joe Gomez joining Virgil van Dijk on the long-term injury list, Klopp can no longer call upon Lovren.
The Liverpool boss will be rueing his luck but also wondering whether he made a mistake not replacing Lovren.
Speaking in September, he shrugged off the possibility of being short-handed in defence.
He said: “The situation is obvious, we have a lot of centre-backs, pretty much all of them apart from the three we had last year are all pretty young, which is good.
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“Be ready for a creative solution in the right moments but hope that it will never come up.”
In January, clubs can take advantage of Liverpool’s desperation for a new defender.
But the opportunity to play for the Reds is not a chance afforded to every player and it could lead to a big name arrival.
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