Today is the day of reckoning for Liverpool. Will they finally fix their defensive issues? Only time will tell for Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards.
Liverpool have agreed a fee of £2m to sign Preston defender Ben Davies on deadline day but unfortunately, a move to bring in another centre-half is in serious jeopardy.
Paul Joyce revealed that Liverpool actually want to sign two defenders today, but they have already suffered a blow in their pursuit to do so.
That’s because a deal for Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car is now unlikely to go through. Liverpool have made contact with the French side to sign him but according to RMC (via Get French Football News), they’ve put the brakes on a potential deal.
Marseille are finding it difficult to identify a replacement for Caleta-Car and they won’t sell unless they find one.
The player was all set to jet out to England last night but will now likely be staying in France.
The news that Liverpool wanted two central defenders today came as a surprise. Thus, with just hours left before the deadline slams shut at 11pm, this will be a colossal blow to Edwards’ plans.
The club have needed defenders for a while now. Virgil van Dijk was injured back in October during the Merseyside derby and since then, both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have also suffered from periods on the sidelines.
As a result, Jordan Henderson has been forced to play in defence on four occasions, while Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams have also been thrown in at the deep end.
Signing a player like Davies from the Championship is a gamble. It’s not every day that a player from Preston signs for a Champions League and Premier League winning team. Despite the transfer fee, there’s no guaranteeing he’ll be a success.
Therefore, signing another defender is critical for Edwards. At the moment, it feels unlikely that will happen. Liverpool’s sporting director is set for a stressful day.