Man Utd’s league title marker shows Liverpool transfer business they must do

Manchester United have just dealt Liverpool the biggest wake-up call after overtaking them in the Premier League.

With the two sides set to meet in a huge clash this weekend, Anfield chiefs must see this as a reason to open their wallets.

Jurgen Klopp has done a majestic job with the Reds, landing Liverpool their first league title in 30 years.

His side has not replicated the same form of last year but there have been major injuries to the squad.

Not least to the Liverpool backline with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both missing for the majority of the season.

There has been ongoing talk about whether or not the Reds will bring in a centre-back in January.

Several players have been linked, including RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano, Brighton's Ben White and Schalke ace Ozan Kabak.

But ultimately, the talk has only gone that far – with Liverpool not willing to splash the cash at this time of the season.

After relinquishing top spot to their biggest rivals, surely alarm bells will be ringing inside the Anfield HQ.

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It is true that transfers in January are not simple but that does not mean it is impossible and must be something pursued if it means trumping United to the Premier League title.

Klopp has been diplomatic over calls to bring in a centre-back but he will surely not moan about having the chance to call upon an actual defender in the coming months.

Fabinho has done an excellent job since being used in the backline, it is true, but his abilities are lost in midfield.

Similarly, Jordan Henderson cannot utilise his skills from a centre-back role and while Rhys Williams has performed well, at just 19 it is unfair to lump the pressure of a Premier League title race on a player who was competing in the National League North last season.

Schalke told Liverpool to fork out £25m for Kabak – if that is the price, get the Turkey international in, the stakes are simply too high.

It is not quite emergency stations at Anfield but that picture could change in an instant.

If United beat the champions this weekend, club officials will surely come under more fire for not backing Klopp up more in the transfer window.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side do not look like they are ready to let up and have not lost since their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on November 1.

Liverpool have also got to look over their shoulder for Manchester City, who will go above them if they win their two games in hand.

Surprise packages Leicester and Everton are also just a point behind in a season where anything can happen.

If funds are hard to come by, the Reds could even lower their valuations for fringe players like Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.

If it means giving Klopp the best chance to retain the Premier League, it is a price worth paying.

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