Liverpool’s former player has talked about their plans for the transfer market.
should bring a proven center back in the summer.
The former Reds striker told the Sunday World:
“The win at Spurs came at a cost as Joel Matip picked up yet another injury and harsh as this might sound, Liverpool may need to move on from him now.
“He is a decent defender and when he is fit, he has been a great player over the last couple of years, but his body just won't stand up to the rigors of the Premier League. Liverpool need defenders who can play three games a week if required and Matip has confirmed now that he can't fulfil that need.
“I'm sure Liverpool will look to sign a defender next summer with a view to him being either first or second choice partner for Van Dijk when he is back to full fitness.
“I stated as far back as November that Liverpool needed to have a center-back lined up and ready to play on January 1st. The events of the last few weeks confirm I was right in that assessment.
“Back then, Klopp was producing minor miracles with a team denied the services of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez and was doing his best to cover holes in his defense with temporary plasters.
“Using Fabinho at center-back worked well, and captain Jordan Henderson also did his best when he dropped back from midfield to play in defense, However winning a title without proven defenders was always going to be an impossible task.
“Klopp was trying to get Rhys Williams up to speed by giving him some game time, but the kid is not ready for first-team football and the desperate slump in form that included defeats against Southampton and Burnley may have ended Liverpool's title defense.”
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