Throughout the summer, Liverpool were continuously linked with Besiktas and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, despite currently boasting Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, and Joel Matip in their defensive ranks.
Vida had an impressive summer with Croatia at the 2018 World Cup, as his side finished second overall in the tournament, losing to France in the final.
At the time, Joe Gomez hadn’t had the chance to show the form he has done alongside Virgil Van Dijk, and Klopp couldn’t have been blamed for exploring his options in the transfer market with Lovren and Matip maintaining particularly shaky records at the back.
The German chose not to add another central defender to his ranks in the summer, and Vida’s international performances have done little to raise questions over that decision.
The £20million rated man started next to Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren for both of Croatia’s UEFA Nations League matches over the international break.
The pair conceded four goals in 180 minutes, and despite stunning a frail Spain team 3-2, Croatia were eventually relegated from Group 4 when they let a 1-0 lead slip against England.
The 2-1 defeat by England doesn’t tell the full story, however, as Croatia were dominated for the majority of the match, looking exposed defensively throughout the 90.
England had a host of ‘should score’ chances before the visitors took the lead, and Croatia weren’t able to shut up shop to prevent two sloppy goals.
Klopp will be happy he didn’t fork out £20million on Lovren’s fellow countryman.