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Partnering Van Dijk with this World cup winner would be a brilliant move if Klopp manages to get it done

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Rapahel Varane

Raphael Varane

Liverpool opinion: A Varane-Van Dijk centre-back pairing would make Liverpool’s defence incredible

Real Madrid are interested in Sadio Mane, and the Guardian reports that the La Liga giants could include Raphael Varane as part of the deal.

The French defender is seeking a new challenge, according to the report, after spending close to nine seasons with Madrid.

Varane signed as a youngster from Lens in 2011 and has become one of the best defenders in the world.

The 25-year-old has a CV littered with trophies winning four Champions League titles, two La Liga crowns and picked up the World Cup with France in the summer.

Van Dijk leading Liverpool to greatness

The Dutch defender has been incredible for the Liverpool defence this season. The 27-year-old has helped the Reds to the best defensive record in the Premier League as we fight Manchester City for the league title.

Van Dijk has played with several partners this season, and Joe Gomez spent a lot of time alongside the Dutch defender in the first half of the season.

However, the Englishman hasn’t played for the Reds since December due to an injury and is expected to make a return soon.

Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip have had their injury concerns this season too, while the Reds have been a little lucky that their star defender hasn’t missed much action this season.

Varane adding to Liverpool’s steel

The Frenchman is still 25 and has several years of top-level football left in him. The Madrid star is a complete defender and has already picked up several trophies during his career.

The scary part is that Varane has the potential to get even better and playing alongside Van Dijk could make Liverpool’s centre-back pairing the best in the world.

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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

Both are supreme in the air and Van Dijk has leadership qualities that can keep the defence in sync.

Gomez had an incredible start to the season and bringing Varane in would only increase the competition for places in the defence.

We could also see the English defender give Trent Alexander-Arnold a run for his money in the right-back spot.

Liverpool’s defence has gradually improved under the management of Jurgen Klopp. We conceded 42 league goals in his first complete season, 38 in the second and have just conceded 18 from 31 games.

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That number would be difficult to beat next season but the Reds could give it a try should Varane end up at Anfield.

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Klopp wants to keep experienced star at Liverpool despite interest from European giants

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose Dejan Lovren in the summer

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan will find it difficult to sign Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender recently returned to the Reds for pre-season training, and report claims that the Reds value Lovren at €25million.

The 30-year-old was not a regular starter for us last season due to injuries and the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

However, the Croatian is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp admires Lovren’s leadership at the back.

The report claims that this is one reason why Klopp wants to keep Lovren in the team for as long as possible.

Liverpool won’t let Lovren go on the cheap

The report adds that Liverpool are looking to get the complete €25m for Lovren and are not willing to reduce his price.

Milan would have to match the valuation for Liverpool to even consider selling the Croatian (h/t Calciomercato).

The Reds have signed Sepp van den Berg, a young centre-back, in the summer, however, Klopp’s thought process regarding Lovren makes a lot of sense.

The Croatian hasn’t made any noises of wanting to leave and did a decent job in most of his games last season.

Signing a senior defender for the upcoming season would not be easy, and the Croatian has a great relationship with most of the Liverpool players, such as Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren’s experience is certainly great for a young Liverpool team, and it will be interesting to see what our actions are in the summer window.

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“I would say yes”: Klopp opens up on where Liverpool star’s future lies

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp claims Mignolet’s future is with Reds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet would be staying despite the keeper being unsure about his playing time at the club (h/t Daily Mail).

Alisson was signed last summer, and the Brazilian has been excellent with the Reds.

The keeper won the Golden Glove in the Champions League and the Premier League, and won the Copa America this summer.

Simon Mignolet in action

Alisson was also the Man of the Match in our 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

However, Klopp was certain that Mignolet would stay, and praised his professionalism last season (h/t Daily Mail):

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Klopp added that the Reds need quality players in all positions, and that was the situation with our goalkeepers:

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet needs more games at Liverpool

The Belgian only played two games for the first-team last season, with those appearances coming in the domestic cups.

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Mignolet needs to play regularly as he is in the prime of his goalkeeping career, and the Reds should offer him the same next season.

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The Reds are in additional competitions this season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with the Belgian.

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Liverpool turn to veteran keeper to solve current injury crisis

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds move for Andy Lonergan to solve keeper issue

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have moved for former Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to solve their problems between the sticks.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has brought in the 35-year-old keeper who last played for Middlesbrough.

Lonergan is set to travel to the US for our tour of North America, according to the report, as Simon Mignolet is the only fit senior keeper Liverpool have.

Andy Lonergan

Alisson is away on a break after winning the Copa America while the Reds have seen two young keepers pick up injuries.

Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a wrist injury, Vitezslav Jaros injured his ankle ligaments while Kamil Grabara is yet to report for duty after his U21 Euro exploits with Poland.

Mignolet had to play almost the entirety of our pre-season friendly against Bradford with Dan Atherton being given a few minutes last night.

Lonergan not signing a deal with Liverpool

The report adds that the 35-year-old keeper will not sign a contract with Liverpool, and is unlikely to play in the US games.

Simon Mignolet in action

Liverpool play Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in this part of the pre-season tour.

Lonergan is a well-travelled keeper, with stints at Rochdale, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

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Liverpool have won both of their pre-season games so far, and their first clash of the season is against Norwich on 9th August.

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