Liverpool urged to replace star in addition to completing Thiago Alcantara transfer

Liverpool have been urged to replace Dejan Lovren by former midfielder Jamie Redknapp, who believes the void could be as important as bringing in Thiago from Bayern Munich. The Reds have been very quiet in the transfer window having only brought in Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

The window remains open until October 5 though, leaving Jurgen Klopp with plenty of time to conclude his summer business.

He claimed in midweek that the club are working on bringing in new faces, permitting they are the right fit.

Klopp also created a storm when explaining that Liverpool want to do things differently to club’s owned by countries and oligarchs.

They will now begin their Premier League title with virtually the same squad as last season.

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According to Jamie Redknapp, the Reds need to replace Dejan Lovren who joined Zenit St Petersburg.

While Liverpool still have Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, they have been hit with injuries in the position in recent times.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: “History suggests you have to go out and sign one or two players to strengthen the squad, and I think people have said that in the last few weeks. ‘Why haven’t Liverpool maybe tried to get Thiago or get one or two players in to strengthen the centre-back area?’

“You’ve lost Dejan Lovren and that leaves you quite short with only Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk.


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“From their point of view, you just hope you don’t get any injuries because if they were to get any injuries in that area they would be short.

“Especially when Gomez has had injuries and Matip can’t always play the full season, you might think that might be an area where they could struggle.”

While Lovren failed to win over his critics at Anfield, captain Jordan Henderson has made it clear how much he was valued on Merseyside.

He sent his former team-mate Lovren a gold Premier League trophy with a special letter which read: “Dej, It’s impossible to think of Liverpool without you being with us and to be honest it hasn’t really sunk in yet you won’t be coming back,” Henderson wrote in the letter shared by Lovren.

“You have been such a massive figure in our team and one of the biggest influences in helping drive us to the point where we are at now; winners and champions.


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“I hope you realise that in the game you are rightly considered one of the best in the world at what you do. For us and Croatia you instilled a mentality within the dressing room of always keeping fighting.

“Even in times when it was tough for you, you were still there for everyone else. I will never forget the support you gave me and difference you made to me in helping to lead this team. You were always a ‘captain’ yourself, without ever needing an armband. We all look up to you.

“Off the pitch, you are one of the biggest characters I’ve ever shared a dressing room with. Every player – no matter where in the world they came from or their circumstances, could connect with you. It’s an unbelievable human quality.

“I miss you already, even though I keep expecting you to bowl back into Melwood and be in the middle of banter and discussions. I hope you realise how much we all appreciate what you gave for this club and us as a team. I can’t thank you enough and I am always available if you or your amazing family need anything.

“Good luck for the future, but know you still have your brothers in Liverpool if you ever need us. YNWA, Hendo.”

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