Dave Davis explains what can be expected in the January transfer window as many brace themselves for the inevitable wave of transfer rumours.
“Spend a fortune on a proven, well-known player is what we need to do.” Despite the Twitter ramblings of many a fan, they know nothing about Jurgen Klopp if they believe that will happen. The likes of Draxler won’t be heading to Anfield, never mind Reus but there may well be addition/s if the boss’ comments are anything to go by. You can’t help feel that if anyone does come, it’ll be a player to help us in the final third.
For all the criticism that is deservedly sent Liverpool’s way, the defence has actually looked better in the last few games despite the absence of Joel Matip. Klavan has proven himself as a more than capable deputy and would have a claim to partner the Cameroonian centre-half ahead of Dejan Lovren when he’s fully fit. The Estonian defender’s recent form combined with other circumstances means there’s more likely to be departures at the back than arrivals.
Mamadou Sakho’s days at Anfield have been numbered for some time and the Frenchman will leave, one way or the other. With Joe Gomez returning and confirmation from Klopp that he won’t be loaned out, Lucas may have to accept his role as now being the fourth of fifth-choice centre-half or consider his future. Rumours of a move to Inter Milan may have some truth to them.
In midfield, we seem well stocked as it stands. Henderson has made that no 6. position his, while Lallana is in the form of his life and simply undroppable right now. The debate as to whether Can or Wijnaldum is the better option can rage on as they’ll duel for that final spot in midfield. Klopp seems happy to have Ejaria there in case or again, Lucas as a late sub occasionally. Either way, with no Europe this season and barring no major injuries, you can’t see the situation changing. Klopp has even shown he’ll drop Coutinho deeper if need be.
Which leads us onto the area of the pitch that may need cover at least. With the Brazilian magician injured and his countryman Firmino struggling for form, another attacker wouldn’t go amiss. However, one with pace seems to be the order of the day as no-one will be missed greater than Sadio Mane when he heads to AFCON in January. The Senegalese wideman is the Reds’ top scorer with eight goals, including the late derby winner.
Origi has come back in and done well, but there are concerns about his pressing as shown in the derby. Sturridge has ability but you wonder how much damage has been done to an injury-ravaged body and put simply, whether he can even put a run of games together. There is no-one more unlucky than Danny Ings when it comes to injury, though, and the former Burnley man would surely have had a good number of appearances this season if he could have stayed fit.
Pulisic has been mentioned along with others, but whoever comes in won’t be a superstar on huge wages, Klopp has made that clear. There may be more departures than arrivals, but if anyone does arrive at Melwood you can’t help but think they’ll be a pacy attacker.