Klopp happy with stable Liverpool defence

Virgil van Dijk has led Liverpool's strong defence this season and Jurgen Klopp praised his back four.

While Van Dijk cost Liverpool a reported £75 million, Robertson arrived for £8 million and Alexander-Arnold came through the youth system.   -  Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised his defence and said his back four planned to stay at the Premier League club for a long time.

Led by Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool have conceded just 19 goals in 32 league games this season, putting it in title contention.

Van Dijk, 27, Andy Robertson, 25, Trent Alexander-Arnold, 20, and Joel Matip, 27, have played the majority of Premier League games for Liverpool, while Joe Gomez is only 21. The age profile of his back four pleases Klopp, who hopes his defenders remain at Anfield.

"They have a long career ahead, which is cool. And how it looks at the moment is that they want to spend the majority of their careers here, which is cool as well," he said ahead of Friday's trip to Southampton.

While Van Dijk cost Liverpool a reported £75 million, Robertson arrived for £8 million, Matip on a free and Alexander-Arnold through the youth system.

Klopp, whose team are a point behind league leader Manchester City, said the cost was irrelevant.

"It is probably not the most expensive defence in the world but it is a proper one, a really proper one," he said.

"Wherever good players are coming from, wherever they are raised, wherever the dream started, they are welcome here at Liverpool."