Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp left rueing summer transfer mistake after Joe Gomez injury

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

“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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