Jurgen Klopp keen on snapping up one of World Cup’s more controversial players

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to create an all Croatian central defence by pairing Dejan Lovren with international team-mate Domagoj Vida.

The 29-year-old was in the news after a controversial celebration as Croatia beat Russia.

The Besiktas defender featured in a video posted to YouTube shortly after World Cup quarter-final penalty shoot-out win over the tournament hosts.

In the clip Vida, who is joined by Croatian scout Ognjen Vukojevic, can be heard shouting: "Glory to Ukraine" – the chant of the country’s army opposed to Russian territorial claims on the nation – and: "This victory is for Dynamo [Kiev] and for Ukraine."

The defender spent five years at Dynamo Kiev before moving to Istanbul.

And Turkish outlet Aksam claim Klopp is planning a £12million move for the rugged defender – who would be back up to Lovren and Virgil van Dijk.

Vida has four years left on his current deal. And the news outlet say that, along with his performances in Russia, could allow Besiktas to raise the defender’s price tag.

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Daniel Sturridge given update on Liverpool future by Jurgen Klopp after scoring twice in pre-season friendly

Daniel Sturridge could still have a future at Liverpool.

Manager Jurgen Klopp saluted the striker’s performance in the 7-0 pre-season thrashing of Chester FC on Saturday, where he bagged twice.

Sturridge is still waiting to find out what role he will play for the Reds next season after being drafted out on loan to West Brom during last season.

"I saw a lot of good things from Daniel," Klopp said. "He can still do more to impress me but I know about his quality.

"He’s had a very positive week and today he looked really good. We started playing football when he was involved. That’s how it is."


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Julian Brandt is emerging as a Liverpool target after a move for Nabil Fekir broke down.

Jurgen Klopp is searching for alternatives to the French international and the Bayer Leverkusen winger fits the bill.

Brandt was controversially preferred to Manchester City star Leroy Sane by Joachim Loew in his final 23-man squad for Russia 2018.

But Brandt did shine for Die Mannschaft despite their group stage exit and now Calcio Insider believe the Reds could table a €60m (£53m) offer for the German.

It would send Klopp’s spending this summer rocketing past £100m after signing Fabinho and Naby Keita.


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