Liverpool facing spell without Ibrahima Konate through injury



“We cannot solve the problems we have with a transfer. At the moment it makes no sense to us. The transfer window is open so we will see but the plans are not to go in that direction.”

Konate became Virgil van Dijk’s central-defensive partner at the end of last season, starting the Champions League final. Without him, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are the alternatives to play alongside the Dutchman.

Phillips, who was loaned to Bournemouth last season, had been expected to leave Anfield before the close of the window but now seems set to stay. “It will influence the transfer,” Klopp said.

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