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Liverpool: Dean Jones expects a midfielder to arrive this month

Liverpool are expected to sign a midfielder in the January transfer window, according to insider Dean Jones.

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Liverpool have been struggling this season following a period of success under Jurgen Klopp, with the midfield in particular attracting criticism as the core are ageing and struggling with fitness issues.

The club’s desperation for a new midfielder has seen them strongly linked with Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund for a summer move, but Jones claims that they will look to bring another body in during the transfer window.

Thiago and Naby Keita have suffered with injury problems, whilst James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are beyond their best.

Speaking on his Ranks FC Patreon, Jones has hinted that Liverpool expect a midfield arrival this month.

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“I have been told to expect Liverpool to sign a midfielder in this window because it’s such a problem,” he stated.

“With Van Dijk now missing too with injury, there’s also a question of Liverpool suffering problems with leadership and experience.”

A lot of quality needed

Liverpool arguably need three new midfielders to completely rebuild the spine of the team within the next few windows.

Bellingham is one for the summer, but if they are to boost their chances of finishing in the top four, then they will need some quality within this window.

They have been linked with Moises Caicedo of Brighton, and the 21-year-old would bring a lot of quality, as he has impressed in his 18 appearances this season.

Given their current ageing midfield, Liverpool should keep the future in mind even when investing in this window, and aim to sign younger players with potential to grow, but who can also bring leadership qualities.

An option they could explore is Wolves captain Ruben Neves, who is out of contract at the end of next season.

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Neves would provide plenty of leadership qualities, and has bags of Premier League experience under his belt, but it remains to be seen whether Wolves will be willing to let a star player leave mid-way through the season.

Liverpool’s choice of signing could either give the team a massive boost and help them secure Champions League football, and possibly Bellingham, for next season, or he can help further the rot within the team and continue the decline which has taken place this season.

It is therefore a hugely important signing, and one Klopp cannot afford to get wrong.