Virgil van Dijk is out for the foreseeable future and that won’t make the January transfer window easy for Liverpool. The Reds could be desperate.
How do you replace Virgil van Dijk? Well, you don’t, really, you just find a way to get by until he’s back. Liverpool, unfortunately, find themselves in that very situation.
And with only two recognised senior centre-halves at the club, the Reds may have to enter the transfer market in January. Dejan Lovren left the club in the summer, meaning Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are the only central defenders Liverpool have.
Thus Liverpool are going to have to take risks until January. We’re sure that Fabinho will play a few games there, for instance, as Liverpool try to mitigate any risk of injury among the players left.
Once January arrives, though, we’ll surely see business. The transfer window offers the first chance to add cover for Van Dijk – but it won’t be easy.
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Hopefully, Liverpool accelerate any plans to sign a defender, as we’ve suggested here. They need someone new and in all likelihood, were going to enter the market at the end of the season, anyway.
Van Dijk and Matip are both nearly 30, after all, and Liverpool need to look at the next generation. It just happens that they’ll need a new defender anyway now.
But it won’t be easy. In fact, ironically, Van Dijk’s injury will surely make it tougher to find a replacement. Every selling club will see a desperate Liverpool and know that the Reds don’t really hold any cards on this one.
If they find the player they want, you can bet that the selling club will stick firmly to their price. Liverpool aren’t a club that signs players without a lot of forethought, either. They will only move for players they really want, which often leaves no alternatives.
When a move for Nabil Fekir broke down in 2018, they never turned their attention elsewhere. That mentality, again, works against them in January.
Clubs may try to take advantage of a desperate Liverpool. You’d certainly expect the Reds to do the same if the roles were reversed. So any new signing may come down to just how desperate Liverpool are by January.