Liverpool should keep an eye out for a new centre-back, but not Cahill

If Liverpool decide to bring in a new centre-back to work alongside Virgil van Dijk then they should refrain from considering Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, who according to The Sun, wants to stay in the Premier League.

What’s the word?

The transfer window as far as incomings are concerned is closed until January.

Liverpool recruited four new players, including Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson, during the summer months.

The Reds’ defence has been an issue for some time, but after bringing in Van Dijk in January and recently landing Alisson, life is looking much more secure at the back.

Despite this, question marks still remain over whether Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez or Joel Matip are good enough to partner Van Dijk long-term.

One experienced centre-back who could be available in January is Gary Cahill, who has not been included in any of Maurizio Sarri’s Premier League squads this season so far.

According to The Sun, the former England international is not keen on dropping into the Championship or playing abroad and would rather fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.

Why should Liverpool avoid him?

Not that long ago Cahill would have been a viable target as he marshalled a back three alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz.

Now, though, the 32-year-old is struggling to get a game at Chelsea and he is reaching the latter stages of his career.

Liverpool already have a commanding figure at the back in Van Dijk, and while Cahill still has decent attributes, signing the two-time title winner would be like taking a step backwards for the Reds.

Van Dijk’s natural leadership means that Klopp can afford to target a young, quality centre-back who can learn from his teammate.

Liverpool need to assemble a team that can thrive for years to come, not swoop for a player who is on the final stretch.