Joe Gomez is the only senior center-back available for Saturday’s home game against West Ham, while Nathaniel Phillips, 23, Billy Koumetio, 17 and Rhys Williams, 19 are also options.
Klopp said he expected Phillips, who was on loan in Stuttgart last season, to leave the club.
The Liverpool manager also said it was possible he could use Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner or Andy Robertson in the center-back, much like Mascherano – originally a defensive midfielder – throughout his career.
“I know Nat [Phillips] So the longest I was very satisfied with this development. Since I’ve known him, he’s made great strides and is an exceptional character, “Klopp told reporters.
“I said before that the little problem was that we were all convinced what it was like all along … there were a lot of clubs interested in him, and in the end maybe because of the coronavirus crisis, nobody had that Money for it But we expected him to leave the club, to be honest. Thank god he didn’t do that, but that’s why he’s not in the Champions League squad, the only reason.
“He can’t sit on the bench in the Champions League, but he’s available for the Premier League, like all three of them, and now I have to make a decision.”
“And of course we have other options like Hendo or Gini or James – or Robbo can also play in the middle. They are all no smaller than Mascherano and he played pretty well in that position. ”
“So yeah, we obviously still have an option or two and one of them we will choose. Which, you have to turn on the TV tomorrow evening. ”
Liverpool have accumulated 13 points in their first six Premier League games of the season to finish second in the table.
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