With all of their three centre-backs sidelined due to injuries, the Reds have been urged by several former players, including Jamie Carragher, to sign a defender this January.
Following the long-term 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,
Despite being linked to plenty of centre-halves, including
Lille’s Sven Botman
, club sources have indicated that it is unlikely that any major business will be conducted in January.
“We have solutions in the squad obviously but we struggled still with injuries. For most of the time with centre-half position, it can happen like this - when it starts, it does not stop,”
told reporters about the possibility of any incomings this month.
“We have solutions with the squad but if we can do something in the window, I don’t know. It is like that.
“It is a very difficult transfer window, as you can imagine. Not all of the clubs have real money. Just doing something makes no sense. Doing the right thing makes sense. So far, we have really liked what we have done.”
However, Liverpool have reached the top of the Premier League table this season and can widen the gap to the second-place Manchester United with a win over Southampton at St Mary’s on Monday night.
Having won the title by some distance the last term,
is ready for a much closer title race this season.
“Yes, for sure
,” he said
. “Last season was very tough for us as well. It was not as though we thought, ‘Oh my god this is easy’. It was really tough and this year is tough again.
“I am not surprised it is that close. We have our situation and all the other clubs have their situation. Our season is so far so good. Not more, not less.
“We try to be ready for each game. Now Southampton will ask for different things. Then Aston Villa [in the FA Cup], then Man Utd.
“This season is a tough one for the supporters. If you are a neutral, you will love it, I am pretty sure because it will go to the wire probably, but it is tough for all of us - which is the reason why it is so close!”