Following the injury to Joel Matip in Liverpool’s draw against West Brom on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s side are now without a single senior centre-back in their side, as they chase a second successive Premier League title.
Injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have left the Reds desperately short of options at the back, especially as they failed to replace Dejan Lovren in the summer after he left to join Zenit St Petersburg.
Youngsters Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams have done a stellar job at times this season when called upon by Klopp, so much so that it has been suggested that the Reds weren’t planning to delve into the January transfer window to bring in a centre-back next month.
However, it has now been suggested in an exclusive article by The Transfer Tavern, that Liverpool fear that Matip could miss the rest of the season with his latest injury, which must surely change their transfer stance.
If the Reds don’t replace the former Schalke man, they risk going the rest of the season with either Phillips or Williams partnering Fabinho at centre-back, provided they avoid injuries themselves.
The Brazilian international has done a superb job filling in at centre-back amidst the Liverpool injury crisis but Klopp would surely love to have enough options available to restore him in midfield, so signing a centre-back in January makes a lot of sense for both the short and long-term, as it would surely help prevent the Reds suffering this sort of injury crisis again.
Even when Matip returns, the Cameroonian international has been extremely injury-prone during his time with the Merseyside club, so it could definitely be argued that Klopp should look for a more reliable option in his defence.
Therefore, Klopp must convince sporting director Michael Edwards that it is worth bringing in a central defender in the January transfer window, otherwise, it puts the Reds’ chances of retaining their Premier League title at real risk.