How could Liverpool replace Georginio Wijnaldum? Jurgen Klopp's options should the Dutchman depart

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There are times when Jurgen Klopp can bristle at the mention of transfers. He objects to the simplistic notion that they are the answer to every ill. He can delve into the market expensively – Virgil van Dijk and Alisson commanded record fees for their position – but rarely does so extensively. While others talk of strengthening, sometimes the Liverpool manager is reluctant to act when his squad seems weakened.

For different reasons, two of Liverpool’s most notable sales in recent years were Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren. Neither was replaced. Liverpool flirted with Nabil Fekir and had arranged to sign Naby Keita long before Coutinho’s move to Barcelona, but no successor was signed. Lovren’s move to Zenit St Petersburg reduced them to three senior centre-backs and, while injuries have at times sidelined all three of those, there is no guarantee Liverpool will buy in January.

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