Liverpool’s dream, worst and realistic line-ups after January transfer window

Liverpool are in the midst of a defensive injury crisis, with Joe Gomez joining Virgil van Dijk as a long-term absentee at the back after suffering a knee injury on international duty.

Van Dijk has had surgery on an ACL injury suffered in the Merseyside derby clash with Everton in October and Gomez has also had surgery on his injury, with both players set to miss a significant chunk of the season.

Joel Matip has had his own fitness woes, while stand-in centre-back Fabinho is recovering from a hamstring problem.

Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is also sidelined with a calf issue, with the likes of goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all missing games through injury so far this season.

Star man Mohamed Salah is also set to miss some games after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt.

As a result of Liverpool's injury struggles, especially at the back, Klopp could dip into the transfer market in January and with that in mind, Mirror Football takes a look at Liverpool's dream, worst and most realistic line-ups.

Worst

The worst case scenario for Liverpool would involve them failing to bring in defensive cover in January and relying on Matip, midfielder Fabinho and the inexperienced pair of Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips.

Georginio Wijnaldum's future is still up in the air, with the midfielder's contract set to expire at the end of the season and Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman publicly admitting he is interested in a reunion with his compatriot, he could depart Anfield in January.

Dream

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool have been linked with a number of defensive additions in January, with Schalke's Ozan Kabak, Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly and RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano on their radar.

Upamecano would arguably be the best option of the three and would be an excellent January signing.

If they can also keep hold of Wijnaldum then Liverpool would be well-placed to retain the Premier League title.

Realistic

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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.

But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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Realistically, only Van Dijk and Gomez are expected to be out of action for an extended period of time and, provided there are no further injuries, Jurgen Klopp will have a very strong squad to pick from.

Fabinho would be able to slot in alongside Matip at the back, while the returns of Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah will be major boosts.

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