Liverpool owners FSG tipped to back Jurgen Klopp January demand amid defensive crisis

Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, have been tipped to do whatever they can to provide the funds for Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards to buy a new centre-back in January. The Reds were expected to bring in a new defender in the winter window, before contradicting reports claimed they would wait for next summer.

Liverpool are in the middle of an injury crisis at the moment, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez likely out for the rest of the season.

Neither will play before the final stages of the season, as both are recovering from serious knee injuries.

Van Dijk underwent surgery on an ACL injury, while Gomez also went under the knife to fix an issue with a tendon in his knee.

As a result of the two injuries, Klopp is currently starved of options at the back and could be forced to play a weakened team due to the congested fixture schedule in the coming weeks.

The Premier League champions have two games per week until the end of the season, meaning the Reds boss will have to rotate his side to avoid further injury.

Youngster Rhys Williams and previously-unwanted Nat Phillips will have to fill in, while Jordan Henderson could drop down from midfield along with Fabinho – who is also set to return from injury in the coming weeks.

Due to their injury crisis, they have been tipped to dip into the transfer market to bring in a new option for Klopp.

RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano has been viewed as a potential option, though conflicting reports have suggested they could wait until next summer in order to bring in a new centre-back.

But former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor believes the club’s ownership group will pump money into the club to invest in a new option in the winter window.

He explained that despite the financial restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, they’ll do whatever they can to help strengthen the side.

“It’s hard,” Agbonlahor conceded when talking to Football Insider. “We don’t know how every club is coping with Covid financially.

“I’m sure if Liverpool had the money they’d give Klopp as much money as he’d want if he asked for it.

“He’s a great manager and he’s loved there.

“You just don’t know how the club’s financial status is. What you hear might not be right.

“I’m sure if Klopp can identify the player that he wants then I’m sure Liverpool will give him the money he wants even if they have to borrow their money.

“They’ll find it because they know they can’t leave Klopp without the right amount of players.”

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