Klopp discusses Liverpool transfer plans, area to strengthen

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Liverpool will be keen to strengthen their squad this summer.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says a new central defender will be a priority this summer as he looks to rebuild his squad and challenge for the top four next season, Sky Sports report.

The potential ban of Mamadou Sakho leaves the Reds short on centre-backs, what with Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure both in their thirties and arguably on the decline somewhat.

The Merseysiders have struggled all season with defensive problems, conceding 45 goals compared with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United who have shipped considerably less.

Klopp has told reporters to build a team he must start at the back, and he suggested to Sky Sports that this summer he will make a new centre-back one of his top priorities.

"When you build up a team you start with the defence. But it's not just about speaking to the defenders. I'm never happy conceding goals,” Klopp explained.

"To build up a stability [in defence] is a big target for next season."

While current Borussia Dortmund skipper Mats Hummels would be at the top of most Liverpool supporters’ wish-list, the club may have to be more realistic in their approach.

Schalke centre-back Joel Matip has already agreed upon a move to Merseyside (via Sky Sports), while another linked defender Jonas Hector is said to be open to a move (via the Mirror).

Liverpool, under former boss Rafa Benitez, were renowned for their defensive solidarity and for four successive seasons they conceded less than 30 league goals.

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