By Mizgan Masani
With pre-season now done and preparations all but complete for the start of another Premier League season, Liverpool are looking forward with optimism and hope that this year should be different compared to what they went through last season, especially in the centre-back department, where Jürgen Klopp had no option but to juggle a plethora of different options.
This summer though, the manager saw Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk returning to fitness and taking full part in a month-long pre-season, as well as welcoming the club’s new signing, the highly-talented and highly promising French centre-back Ibrahima Konate, to further increase the options in that position.
Now Klopp seems to have options on the table to look at when it comes to selecting an ideal pairing to start the season, and hopefully have a run of games together. Because Van Dijk and Gomez’s injuries were more severe than Matip’s perhaps explains why the former two have played fewer minutes (van Dijk 134 and Gomez 124) in pre-season compared to the latter and Konate (both over 200 minutes).
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