Liverpool were dealt a devastating blow this weekend. The Reds were robbed of a result by refereeing decisions and have been robbed of their most important defender by sheer recklessness. With Virgil van Dijk out for the season, Liverpool could be forced to accelerate the signing of Dayot Upamecano.
Virgil van Dijk injury
This weekend Liverpool took on Everton in one of the most controversial Merseyside Derbies of recent years.
The Reds should’ve won the game but the referees chalked off a winning goal for offside when Sadio Mane looked clearly onside and they neglected to send off Jordan Pickford early on in the game.
Pickford had lunged at Virgil van Dijk at knee height but somehow escaped a red card.
We have since learned that the Pickford lunge will likely end Van Dijk’s season with the Dutchman to undergo surgery on his ACL.
Liverpool and Dayot Upamecano
Liverpool have been linked with Dayot Upamecano frequently in recent weeks.
According to Sport BILD the young French centre back has a release clause of just £36.5m and the Reds are keen on activating the clause.
RB Leipzig are said to already be resigned to losing the youngster having signed a replacement in the form of Josko Gvardiol.
Liverpool need to accelerate efforts
Initial reports had linked Liverpool with a summer move for Upamecano but they may no longer have the luxury of waiting.
Given that Virgil van Dijk is expected to be out for the season Liverpool may have to look at signing Upamecano in January, should his release clause permit.
If his release clause isn’t active until next summer then we could face a problem, though offering to pay just a touch more than the £36.5m could encourage Leipzig to do business as they know they’ll lose him for less in the next window.