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Jurgen Klopp hopeful Roberto Firmino can be ready for Reds season opener

Jurgen Klopp hopeful Roberto Firmino can be ready for Reds season opener

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hopes to find a solution to his defensive headache after being left with two fit centre-backs.

Nabil Fekir will not play against Chelsea on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge amid transfer rumours the Blues are trying to sign the Lyon star.

If you ever needed another reason to love Jurgen Klopp and his soft spot for the Irish then look no further.

The Reds signed the Guinea global in a £48m deal from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig after the two clubs agreed a fee in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Jürgen Klopp's side have managed two successive top-four finishes and the fans expect the club to challenge Manchester City for the league title this season.

Reports out of France claim Chelsea will try to lure Fekir to London after Liverpool saw a deal for the midfielder collapse earlier in the summer. Clyne has made 73 appearances for the club since swapping Southampton for Liverpool back in 2015.

"He was for a long time in his youth an outfield player [and] he must have been a very good outfield player as well because he's really good in that". I am very good here.

"Joel, we'll have to see", Klopp said, according to the Liverpool Echo.

"I see them constantly flash up on the TV but I have no idea who's in the lead".

"I also need to go to a Gaelic football match live for sure".

And things could develop quickly given the Premier League transfer window is due to close on 9th August.

"He was very comfortable on the ball five minutes in and it meant we could show for it and he was starting most of our play, so it was a very good performance from him, but overall the squad performed very well today".

The Frenchman would be a sensational signing for Liverpool, but it is doubtful that the Merseyside outfit will be able to splash out another £60 million.

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