Liverpool faced major struggles this season with long-term injuries of van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, believes signing a defender in January is a must-do for the Reds.
Following injuries of
Virgil van Dijk
tried to deal with the blow by bringing
to the heart of the defense, as well as giving game time to academy graduates,
Although Liverpool has reached the top of the table with a three-point clearance,
believes they risk slipping back down the table if they don’t sign a defender this winter.
“Jurgen Klopp will be cursing a missed opportunity if Liverpool do not retain their title,”
the former Reds defender told the Telegraph.
“Liverpool are the best team in England, but circumstances have opened the door for everyone with dreams of catching them.
“I felt at the start of the season that the only thing that could stop Liverpool was injuries. In August, my fear was that a setback for one of the front three might see them fall back into the pack. The club addressed that with the signing of Diogo Jota. Now my concern is focused on their defensive issues.
"The injury to Virgil Van Dijk alone will cost Liverpool between nine and 12 points over the course of this season. Although Fabinho has proved a fantastic deputy at the back, Joel Matip’s ongoing problems means, to me at least, that it is inconceivable that Liverpool will not sign another centre-half at the earliest opportunity.
"I cannot understand the logic of not doing so. The club needed one anyway.
“If Matip continues to be in and out of the side, and then Fabinho gets injured, how can Liverpool expect to perform at the highest level with only the inexperienced Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips to step in? That is too big a risk.
“The way Liverpool have dealt with the loss of key players so far shows they will still take some stopping, but it will not be as one-sided as last year and failing to sign another defender will only lift the hopes of everyone else.”