Jurgen Klopp questioned about Liverpool FC’s failure to make defensive signings

Phil Thompson has questioned why Liverpool didn't make any centre-half signings in the summer transfer window

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Phil Thompson has questioned why Jurgen Klopp didn’t make any signings to bolster his Liverpool defence in their summer transfer window.

The Reds suffered a chastening 5-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend following Sadio Mane’s first-half red card.

Liverpool have won two of their opening four Premier League games but the Reds have already conceded eight times despite keeping two clean sheets.

Klopp signed Hull City defender Andy Robertson in an £8m deal last month to improve his options at left-back for the 2017-18 campaign.

However, the Scotland international has only started one of Liverpool’s five games in all competitions so far.

Robertson was named man of the match for his role in Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Anfield last month.

Liverpool were heavily linked with a move to sign Southampton club captain Virgil van Dijk throughout the summer but the Reds couldn’t get a deal over the line.

Former Liverpool captain Thompson was critical of Klopp’s failure to make top-class signings to improve his defence after conceding 48 times in 38 games last term.

“I still think we could have strengthened, without a doubt,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“We did sign Andrew Robertson, but he didn’t play against City or Arsenal, so yes we should have signed somebody.”

Liverpool will host Burnley in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds will be hoping to make a swift return to winning ways after their 5-0 thrashing last time out.

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