Liverpool: Does Klopp need to sign defender in January?
Liverpool hero Danny Murphy believes Jurgen Klopp will sign a defender this month despite the club’s transfer stance being to the contrary. Liverpool are without three senior centre-backs due to injury. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out with serious knee problems, and Joel Matip is out for three weeks with an adductor issue.
But despite the lack of available defenders, Liverpool are saying they will not be actively looking for a new recruit in this window.
However, that has not stopped rumours from circulating over potential targets for the Reds.
RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba are two players reported as targets.
Lille’s Dutch centre-back Sven Botman is the latest to be linked with a move to Anfield.
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Murphy believes it is important that, if Liverpool do sign a centre-back, it has to be a player who can come straight into the first team.
And the pundit says his gut feeling is that at least one signing will be made.
“I wouldn’t be saying they should go and get cover,” Murphy told Stadium Astro.
“I think if they can get somebody they want, have been tracking, they really like and could potentially be a first-team player, yes try and make it happen early.
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“But don’t go and buy cover, they’ve got cover. If you’re going to go and get someone it’s got to be not a panic buy.
“They waited for Van Dijk for probably six months, nine months, they wanted him earlier didn’t they and they waited because that was who they wanted.
“So I wouldn’t go and get cover, no. If I could go and get someone I really wanted and I really thought could make an improvement to the team, I would try to make it happen in January rather than wait until the summer.
“But that’s easier said than done because I imagine the type of player they’re looking at will be at Champions League clubs, where they’re not going to want to sell. It’s a difficult one for Liverpool.
“I’m not privy to being on the training pitch to see the quality of the younger players, how much belief Jurgen Klopp has in them, [Nat] Phillips and [Rhys] Williams, I’m not sure. So we’ll have to wait and see.
“My gut feeling is that they will try and get something done in January, that’s my gut feeling.”
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