He told reporters when quizzed on the Van Dijk rumours: "We have four centre-backs". Klopp, though, seems happy with our current situation.
In a campaign that lacked Champions League football, Liverpool's lack of back-up performers meant their season fell apart when Sadio Mane left for worldwide duty in January's African Cup of Nations, with injuries to Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and treatment room season ticket holder Daniel Sturridge adding to their woes.
"The period of time that I have just spent injured and unable to play has put a number of things into perspective and made me realise just how important it is to take major opportunities should they arise". We are open until the 31st [of August]. "Five. Then you win a prize", Klopp was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.
Klopp said after the 3-1 friendly win over Athletic Bilbao that preseason has given Liverpool "new players" without having to make further moves in the transfer window. "It's hard how it is".
"It doesn't work. I don't see it (the defence) as a concern".
"I am here to work with this squad and not just always thinking, "But if we don't get this or this".
Liverpool responded by apologising, before also insisting they had "ended any interest in the player". "It's better that we don't have to but we could play tomorrow".
Liverpool have signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah in a £39m deal last month to add greater depth to their attacking options ahead of the 2017-18 season. The 26-year-old has been one of the most impressive defenders in the Premier League since joining Southampton.
It remains to be seen how this situation will develop and play out but it is hard to see how the Dutch defender can be part of the Saints side when they begin their Premier League campaign against Swansea City next weekend at this stage.