Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool will manage this season with the four centre-backs at the club and don’t need to sign another.
The Reds have been linked heavily with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk but the Merseysiders have been frustrated in their efforts to sign the Dutchman.
Klopp goes into the season with Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip as the four central defensive options at his disposal – but the Reds boss is not concerned.
“We have four (centre-backs). I don’t think we need more,” Klopp said.
“Joe is in a really good way but it was not his day (against Athletic Bilbao). He made his life difficult with a few passes but things like this happen.
“In the moment I’m fine. We are open until the 31st (of August). We cannot force the things and we would never get a centre-back just because.
“We have the need, we have some but you don’t take any. It doesn’t work.
“Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger, five. Then you win a prize! It’s difficult how it is.
“I’m happy. You can imagine we still work on different things and we will see if it works.
“I am here to work with this squad and not just always thinking ‘but if we don’t get this or this’. No. We could play tomorrow. It’s better that we don’t have to but we could play tomorrow.”