Jurgen Klopp says he doesn’t need any new defenders to arrive at Liverpool between now and the transfer deadline on August 9.
Xherdan Shaqiri scored a stunning overhead kick on his unofficial debut and the all-round performance was one that suggested Klopp’s men will continue their upward trajectory in 2018/19.
Klopp believes he is healthy enough in that department, singling out Joe Gomez for special praise.
“This summer? No, I am happy with our players, to be honest, so I don’t see the need,” said Klopp, in his post-United press conference.
“When you see Joe Gomez playing in that role tonight as a central defender, he combines a lot of things you don’t find in the transfer market, to be honest.
“I can’t see in the moment the need.”
However, the boss didn’t completely rule out a new face arriving, adding: “But there are 12 days to go and a lot of things can happen.
“You ask me now and I say no, but maybe if you ask me tomorrow I will say something different.”
On the face of it, Liverpool do look well-stocked in that department, but a sudden injury to Virgil van Dijk would change the situation significantly.
Gomez remains hugely inexperienced as a centre-back and while his future lies there, it is no given that he will thrive there from the off this season.
One more central defender wouldn’t go amiss – Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles is an example of a potentially astute acquisition – but it appears unlikely.