Will Liverpool buy a centre-back in the January transfer window? Here’s what we know
Will Liverpool buy a centre-back in the January transfer window? Here’s what we know by looking at the club’s recent history.
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After the long term injuries suffered by Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez earlier this season, Joel Matip’s recent injury has left the Reds further short of options on the back.
Liverpool are highly unlikely to sign a centre-back in the January transfer window despite injuries suffered by Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Van Dijk was on the receiving end of a horror Richarlison tackle during November’s Merseyside derby. The Dutchman’s injury was so bad that he had to undergo surgery on the damaged knee and he would be lucky to return this season.
Gomez, meanwhile, suffered ‘serious’ injury while training with the England national team during November’s international break. He was immediately sent back to Melwood, the club’s training ground, where the Englishman underwent scans to confirm the extent of his latest setback.
Matip has never been a reliable option due to his poor injury history and once again showed why Jurgen Klopp can never rely on him after the injury he sustained earlier this month ruled him out of action for at least three months, if not more.
The absence of the trio has left the Liverpool manager with no choice but to experiment with a centre-half pairing of Fabinho and one of club’s young defenders, which include 19-year-old Rhys Williams and 23-year-old but scarcely used Nathaniel Phillips.
However, despite the crises the Reds are facing at the back, Klopp’s recent history suggests that he may decide to play the rest of the season with the options already at his disposal, as he did when Philippe Coutinho left the club for Barcelona midway through the 2018/19 season.
Instead of going all out in the transfer market, the former Borussia Dortmund boss ended up waiting until the summer to replace the Brazilian – thereby giving an indication that he may do the same if a similar situation, like the one he’s facing currently, arises in the future.