Burnley manager Sean Dyche has broken his silence on links between James Tarkowski and Liverpool.

A report in the Liverpool Echo quotes the tactician as addressing the rumours in the following way:

The only country that asks a question like this is England. Everything is sorted with buying players.

We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.

We need them back but you cannot buy a fifth centre-half and say so you play two weeks and after that the others come in.

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In a comment on the transfer rumour mill culture that seems to reign supreme in English football, Dyche went on to say:

There are a lot of rumours out there, and not much fact.

The most amazing one is the Tarky one. That is just bizarre. It’s that time of the season, and everyone is looking for a snippet, but there is a lot of phantom stuff out there.

Tarkowski has become a defensive force for Burnley, and many have wondered as to the possibility of the Reds signing a new central defender, especially considering they can currently boast just one fit centre-half in Virgil Van Dijk.