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Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp picks Mats Hummels as Germany’s “best central defender”

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He may be a little late to the party, but Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp gave his own take on the ongoing “Best German Defender” banter as he selected Mats Hummels over Niklas Sule.

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Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp is never short on opinions and when the subject regarding who would rank as the “best German defender” came up, the 52-year-old did not hesitate to pick his winner: Borussia Dortmund center-back Mats Hummels.

When asked by Bild about Hummels, Klopp emphatically gave his insight, but qualified his feelings a little more specifically than some other notables who commented on this debate:

He is the best German central defender. I was happy about his return to Dortmund. It just fits.

It was interesting that Klopp chose to insert the word “central” into his assessment (your position as top overall defender appears to be safe Joshua Kimmich), but the Liverpool boss was still clear about where he stood on the matter.

When asked why Liverpool did not pursue Hummels considering that the coach admires the player so much, Klopp was quick to point out that there was already great depth on the back-line at Anfield.

Because we already have four world-class central defenders.

What started out as a fairly harmless comment from BVB sporting director Michael Zorc has seemed to ignite a bit of a furor in Germany. Zorc, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern coach Niko Kovac, and even Hummels’ wife Cathy have all chimed in. In addition, Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus attempted to play the role of diplomat, when he, too, was sucked into the Hummels vs. Sule vacuum.

The amazing thing throughout all of this is that the two people who probably care the least about this discussion are the two very subjects of the debate: Hummels and Sule.