Liverpool transfer saga finally about to draw to a close

Liverpool’s season long defensive crisis is shortly about to draw to a close, as Virgil Van Dijk is set to return from injury for the start of next season.

The Dutchman has been absent since October and Liverpool struggled without him, despite a late season surge which saw them sneak into the Champions League spots ahead of Leicester.

Jurgen Klopp has struggled to settle on a preferred centre half pairing all season, with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip also out injured for most of the season.

The January transfer window presented Klopp with the chance to reinforce his back line, and that he did, with the signing of Ben Davies and the loan signing of Ozan Kabak, who will subsequently return to Germany.

Kabak’s departure opens the door for a new arrival in defence and it looks like that hole will be filled by Ibrahima Konate, as his transfer nears ever closer.

The 22-year-old has a £30.2 million release clause that would be within the realms of possibility for Liverpool in what is ultimately likely to be a tricky market to buy in.

Konate only started eight Bundesliga games for RB Leipzig last season, as he fell out of favour with the German side after suffering an injury in mid-season.