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Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp ‘turned down chance to sign Davinson Sanchez and Kalidou Koulibaly in summer’ as he continues to suffer defensive woes

Liverpool boss turned down opportunity to recruit the Colombian and Senegal stars as he concentrated his efforts on landing Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool reportedly rejected the chance to sign Davinson Sanchez and Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer as they attempted to recruit Virgil van Dijk.

Kop boss Jurgen Klopp failed to rectify his side’s defensive problems during the transfer window with his backline being guilty of several errors already this season.

Liverpool rejected the opportunity to sign Davinson Sanchez in the summer transfer window

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Liverpool rejected the opportunity to sign Davinson Sanchez in the summer transfer window

He spent the majority of the closed-season trying to seal a deal for Southampton’s centre-half Van Dijk – but ultimately failed after the Saints refused to sell and reported the Reds to the Premier League for allegedly tapping-up.


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Now reports in Holland newspaper De Telegraaf claimed he turned his nose up at the opportunity to sign two others defenders.

Colombian Davinson Sanchez, who joined Tottenham in August for £42million, was the first he turned down the chance to bring to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp also rejected the opportunity to sign Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly

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Jurgen Klopp also rejected the opportunity to sign Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

And supporters of the Reds will not be happy to discover further claims he also dismissed the idea of completing a move to bring Napoli star Koulibaly to Merseyside.

The Senegalese international was offered to Liverpool for £57m – less than Klopp was willing to pay for Van Dijk.

Jurgen Klopp must be tearing his hair out he failed to snap up more defenders

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Jurgen Klopp must be tearing his hair out he failed to snap up more defenders

His side has only kept two clean sheets all season

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His side has only kept two clean sheets all season

However, he continued in vein to focus on the ex-Celtic man on the South Coast.

The decision not to sign Sanchez and Koulibaly will no doubt cause further frustration for Liverpool followers.

 

Klopp was determined to try and sign Southampton star Virgil van Dijk

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Klopp was determined to try and sign Southampton star Virgil van Dijk

But that move failed to materialise

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But that move failed to materialise

Their side have only kept two clean sheets all season.

And during their 19 matches they have conceded 19 goals already.

Now Klopp is paying the price for his lack of defensive signings

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Now Klopp is paying the price for his lack of defensive signings

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