Liverpool's lack of defensive options is no worry: Jurgen Klopp

Aug 09, 2018, 07:15 IST | PA Sport

With Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan all carrying injuries Virgil van Dijk cruised through the first half alongside U-23 defender Nathaniel Philips

Liverpool's lack of defensive options is no worry: Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not concerned by his defensive options heading into the season opener, despite being able to field only one senior centre-back in the 3-1 friendly win over Torino.

With Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan all carrying injuries Virgil van Dijk cruised through the first half alongside U-23 defender Nathaniel Philips. In the second half at Anfield midfielders Fabinho and Marko Grujic both filled in as Van Dijk only played 45 minutes but Klopp is not worried ahead of Sunday's visit of West Ham.

"I think [Joe Gomez] is OK. It is nothing serious but it was not possible tonight as he played on Saturday," said Klopp. "Dejan [Lovren] is in but he's not had a long holiday [after the World Cup final]. For Klavan and Joel it is probably not good enough as they are not fit for the weekend but we don't need 12 centre-defenders."

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