Liverpool must sign a defender in january - Carragher

Sun 27 December 2020 | 21:10

former Liverpool captain believes that Reds need to buy a defender in january transfer window.

Following the injury of Joel Matip, Jamie Carragher has claimed that buying a center-back will be


's most important task in the winter transfer window.

Liverpool's defense crisis has worsened with replacing the 29-year-old defender in the second half of the game against West Brom. Defending champions Virgil van Dijk and Joel Gomez have previously been ruled out with injuries. Although Klopp used Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips as pairs in the defensive line with Fabinho, Carragher believes it is essential to buy a defender in the winter transfer window.

He told Sky Sports:

"It's a massive worry, but it's not a new worry. Joel Matip will not play every game between now and the end of the season. We knew that even before the injury today, that's why it's paramount Liverpool sign somebody in January. I said that as soon as Virgil van Dijk had his injury against


"Fabinho's gone there and looked like a top-class centre-back in that position, so maybe people at the club felt the need wasn't as urgent. But Joel Matip is too injury prone, his body can't take the rigour of playing Premier League football week in, week out, we know that since he joined, he's a really good player.

"I still believe Liverpool are the best team in this league, even without Van Dijk and I think most people would say they're favourites to win the Premier League. The only way they don't win it is if they have problems at centre-back, where Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips have to play for a prolonged period of time.

"The odd game now and again, they've done fantastic, but I know, since that's the position I played, it's not really a position for young players as such. At times they will make mistakes as they're young players, they're learning.

"That's the only way that could cost Liverpool, and I don't necessarily mean bringing in a centre-back for £70-80 million like a Van Dijk type of signing, and not necessarily someone to go straight into the team. Just someone there so that Liverpool don't end up with two young lads at some stage for five or six weeks if Fabinho was to go down injured.

"At this moment, Liverpool have one senior centre-back who is available this season and he's injury prone, so they have to do something in January."

source: SportMob

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