Liverpool ‘unlikely to sign a centre back in January’ with manager Jurgen Klopp insisting the pursuit of a stop-gap defender in absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez ‘makes no sense’
- Liverpool are lacking cover at centre back due to injuries to two normal starters
- The lengthy absences of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez leaves the Reds short
- But Jurgen Klopp is reportedly unlikely to bring in a quick-fix during this window
- Ozan Kabak, Dayot Upamecano and Ben White have all recently been looked at
- Yet any transfers in January are unlikely despite the Reds’ recent drop in form
Liverpool are unlikely to sign a centre back this month despite being short of cover in the position with the club’s transfer committee ‘not entertaining quick fixes’, according to reports.
The champions have been weakened in recent months firstly with the season-ending ACL injury to linchpin Virgil van Dijk in October, followed by a knee injury to Joe Gomez in November whilst on international duty.
With Joel Matip also recently out injured, some supporters are calling for the Reds to invest in a centre back but having looked at options such as Ozan Kabak, Dayot Upamecano and Ben White according to The Athletic, the club are not keen on a stop-gap defensive signing which Jurgen Klopp says would make ‘little sense.’
Liverpool are unlikely to sign a centre back with Jurgen Klopp saying it’d make ‘little sense’
First-team centre backs Virgil van Dijk (L) and Joe Gomez (R) are out with long-term injuries
The report details that the transfer committee made up of Klopp, FSG president Mike Gordon and sporting director Michael Edwards are not entertaining the idea of being ‘financially irresponsible.’
With Fabinho stepping in as adequate cover at the back and the admirable performances of back-ups Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, as well as captain Jordan Henderson, there’s no sign of reinforcements this month.
The report adds that the club have looked at the prospect of centre backs coming in, with contact made in November with representatives of Schalke’s Turkish centre half Kabak.
But Liverpool opted not to pursue a deal, with Kabak likely to now move elsewhere with the Bundesliga club valuing him at £25m.
RB Leipzig defender Upamecano and Brighton’s highly-rated centre back White have also been studied, but January moves for either are difficult due to Champions League and relegation concerns respectively.
Reds did hold initial talks with representatives of Ozan Kabak (L) but opted not to pursue him
RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano (L) and Brighton’s Ben White have also been closely looked at
In recent weeks, Klopp spoke about the difficulty of dealings in January: ‘This is a very difficult transfer window, as you can imagine.
‘Not a lot of the clubs have real money.’
Meanwhile, Anfield officials reportedly stated that the club have never been interested in Lille defender Sven Botman, with the Dutchman linked with a move to Merseyside.
With Liverpool losing in excess of £100m in revenue due to the pandemic and the loss of match-day income, centre backs of the required quality and affordability to improve the first-team are sparse this month.
Liverpool have absolutely no interest in Lille defender Sven Botman (L), according to reports
Calls from some fans for investment comes after the champions failed to win any of their last three Premier League games.
Since a dominant 7-0 win at Crystal Palace on December 19, the Reds drew to lowly West Brom and Newcastle and then lost their second league game of the season at Southampton on Monday night.
They next play Aston Villa on Friday night in the FA Cup third round before hosting title rivals Manchester United in a crunch league clash the following week.
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