Liverpool allowed Tottenham to sign Davinson Sanchez this summer without trying to make a move, according to reports.
The Reds made four signings this summer, only one of whom was a defensive purchase.
Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Andrew Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all joined the club, but their issues at centre-half went unaddressed.
Attempts to sign Virgil van Dijk were thwarted by Southampton, and Jurgen Klopp’s refusal to identify an alternative led to the club settling with their existing options.
Familiar defensive issues have cropped up as a result, and only West Ham and Crystal Palace have conceded more Premier League goals than Liverpool this season.
According to the Daily Mail, they had the chance to sign Sanchez before he joined Tottenham for £28million.
‘The ambition this summer was to sign Virgil van Dijk and they would have shattered the record for a centre back but Southampton would not relent,’ read the report.
‘So Liverpool looked at other alternatives but they were happy to let Davinson Sanchez leave Ajax to join Tottenham and had no interest in paying the money Napoli wanted for Kalidou Koulibaly.’
The Colombian has started six of seven Premier and Champions League games for Tottenham since joining from Ajax, impressing at the heart of the defence.