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Liverpool aren't the most resilient when it comes to defending. Whether it's in open play or set pieces, the Reds seem to struggle. The goal Newcastle United scored in the 1-1 draw was the 20th Jürgen Klopp's team has conceded so far this season in their 12 matches.

Their only clean sheets came against Crystal Palace and Arsenal. They're currently on course to concede close to 65 in the Premier League and keep on conceding the same goal time and time again.

Klopp claimed he couldn't name five better defenders than the ones he has at his disposal at the start of August: “Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger. Five. Then you win a prize. It’s difficult how it is,

“We have four. I don’t think we need more. In the moment I’m fine. We are open until August 31. We cannot force the things and we would never get a centre back just because (of the sake of it).”

He's since suggested that there was no alternative to top transfer target Virgil van Dijk and that he and the recruitment team at Anfield watch possible alternatives on a number of occasions.

Names like Davinson Sánchez, Kalidou Koulibaly and Benedikt Howedes were all cited as players equal to van Dijk, but asked if there were genuine alternatives who were overlooked in the pursuit of the Saints defender, he replied: “No. We watched all of them 500million times.”

However, here at Football Whispers we accepted the challenge. In the video above you will find five centre-backs we feel would improve the Liverpool defence immediately.


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