Klopp admits Liverpool's defensive concerns ahead of league opener

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The creative forward has been linked with a summer move to the Premier League, with both Liverpool and Chelsea reported to be interested.

Fekir was close to signing for the Anfield club before the World Cup with the deal going as far as the player picking a shirt number and conducting an interview with the in-house TV Channel.

Injuries to Klavan and Matip had left Klopp with only two fit central defenders for the game against Napoli over the weekend, but Lovren's return to the fold gives the German an additional option for Sunday's match. However, the fact that the Blues aren't playing Champions League football this season could be a stumbling block as Fekir is keen to play in that tournament.

He has featured between the sticks against Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Manchester United in recent outings.

Reports have suggested that Liverpool have no interest in a deal for Fekir so Chelsea could have a free run at him.




It would certainly be a shock switch, though, after he looked destined to sign for Liverpool for much of the summer.

As you can see, I am in Lyon. We have a good group, very homogeneous. I am very happy here. "I am very good here", he told www.ol.fr.

Fekir, meanwhile, returned to Lyon this morning following his World Cup excursions and commented on his future by saying: "The transfer window is still long & everything goes very quickly in football". "I don't know how we will do it".

"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".

"It is a bit like the French national team: a mixture of youngster and older players, with some players more experienced than others".

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