With Joe Gomez currently fourth in the centre-back pecking order at Liverpool, Spanish giants Real Madrid have emerged as a surprise suitor for the 24-year-old.
It has been a sad decline for Gomez over the past year, with a serious knee injury keeping him out for eight months and seeing him lose his place as Virgil van Dijk‘s first-choice partner.
“We are patient, and I think Joe is patient now as well. That’s the situation,” he said.
“I have no plans to give anybody on loan in the winter.”
Antonio Rudiger, Jules Kounde, Pau Torres and Matthijs de Ligt are mentioned as other options, but it is interesting that Liverpool’s No. 12 has made their list.
There would be little surprise if Gomez was considering his options, having not only lost his place for club but also for country, though as Klopp notes, he should be realistic following his injury problems.
It is possible that he could recapture his form and develop a long-term partnership with Konate, who is two years younger than him at 22.
But with Van Dijk having signed a new four-year contract with Liverpool in August – tying him to the club until he is 34 – there is a clear belief within the club that the Dutchman can stay as a first-choice starter for years to come.
Whether Real could tempt the Reds to sell is another matter, and a January deal is out of the question entirely, with Nat Phillips instead up for sale at £15 million.
Gomez has three-and-a-half years remaining on his deal at Anfield, which puts the club in a strong position if the likes of Real look to open talks over a move in the summer.
If he did make the switch to Madrid, he would become the first player to join Real from Liverpool since Xabi Alonso in 2009.