Liverpool failed to retain any points from their fixture against Manchester United over the weekend after they failed to score any goal. It was a goalless draw until the 78th minute when Wayne Rooney’s strike went into a goal giving Manchester United a crucial away victory.
Problems at the front line still exists for Liverpool, which is why the club had been reported to be interested in Southampton’s striker Shane Long. There have been reports that a £8 million bid had been made for the Ireland international but Southampton has rejected the offer.
Speculations suggests Southampton are unwilling to part ways with the striker. However, there is also a hint that the striker might be allowed to go if Liverpool bids higher. Southampton paid £12 million for Long to Hull City which is what they are expecting at the least for the player. According to ESPN, the player has been valued at £15 million.
Long has scored 7 goals in the 11 games he has started for Southampton this season in all competitions. Klopp is out of striker options as Divock Origi, Danny Ings, and Daniel Sturridge, are all injured. The former Dortmund manager has been on the look-out for available players in the market and it has appeared that Shane Long on Klopp’s radar.
Liverpool will face Norwich away in the upcoming weekend. Klopp’s side is currently ninth in the league and losing to Manchester United hasn’t helped their case.
According to ESPN, Klopp is frustrated with the derby loss. ‘I didn’t see too many chances for Manchester United and we didn’t take ours,’ Klopp told BBC Sport. ‘Of course it is frustrating. We lost a game that we should not have lost.’