Liverpool make defender transfer decision after Jurgen Klopp’s defiant admission

Liverpool are set to allow Sepp van den Berg to leave the club on loan this month, despite a defensive injury crisis threatening to derail their title challenge.

Jurgen Klopp had already lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to significant knee injuries, before Joel Matip suffered a muscular strain over the festive period.

That has meant the likes of Rhys Williams, Nat Phillips and midfielder Fabinho have been forced to fill the void.

Against Southampton last time out, skipper Jordan Henderson partnered Fabinho as their dearth of options became clear.

Van den Berg, 19, has been with the U23s for the majority of the season, but has been named on the bench of Klopp’s team as defensive cover.

Signed in the summer of 2019, the Netherlands U19 international has been limited to just four senior appearances – all of which came in domestic cup competitions.

According to Goal, Anfield bosses are now keen for the central defender to build experience away from Anfield, following a similar path to Williams and Phillips.

Williams spent time with Kidderminster Harriers in non-league, while Phillips has spent time in 2.Bundesliga with Sttutgart.

The report adds that there is interest from Switzerland and Belgium's top tiers, as well as from Germany's second division and he could leave during the January window.

Van den Berg’s departure will raise expectations that Klopp could sanction an arrival this month, but the Reds boss has hinted that the club may not have the finances to do so.

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"A supporter may look at it and think 'they need a centre half and the other team has a good one so bring him in’. I understand that but my job is not that,” he explained.

“My job is to really to make the players we have here as strong as possible to deal with the trickiest situation you can imagine – three senior centre halves and they are all injured.

“We cannot sort it now in the transfer market. The club tries what it can. But if they can't then we have to do what we did so far, even when everyone is thinking 'now they have no chance’.”

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