Liverpool gambled during this summer’s transfer window. Sure, they had a fantastic window, recruiting a world class player and addressing the need for depth in key areas, but they still gambled. Michael Edwards and co decided against signing another centre back and the decision has backfired spectacularly. Whereas some were calling for a new fourth choice defender, Liverpool should look to sign a new first choice centre back in January.
The signing of Thiago Alcantara was surely the signing of the window, perhaps the best signing in all of Europe.
We managed to bag one of the world’s best midfielders for a snip thanks to the genius of Michael Edwards and the one year left of the Spaniard’s contract.
We also brought in Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas to add depth in key areas of the pitch.
However, the sale of Dejan Lovren wasn’t followed by the arrival of a replacement defender, leaving us with just three natural centre backs in the first team.
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Virgil van Dijk injury
The Reds decision not to bring in a new defender has backfired spectacularly, in their defence the board couldn’t have anticipated Jordan Pickford’s thuggish challenge.
Virgil van Dijk will be out for the season with an ACL injury sustained in the Merseyside Derby.
His absence leaves the first team with just two recognised centre backs, both of whom have suffered recent injuries themselves.
Liverpool should sign first choice centre back
Liverpool should be aiming to sign a first choice centre back in January.
Virgil van Dijk cost us £75m but he transformed our fortunes at the back. Given that the Dutchman is out for the season and we can’t rely on him to come back at the same level he was at before his injury, we need to make a statement with his replacement.
The Reds were originally thought to be looking for a new fourth choice but given that our first choice may never be the same again it makes sense to recruit a new first choice centre back.
The question is: who? Dayot Upamecano is surely the front runner given his release clause but whether can bring him in in January is another matter.
The one thing not up for debate is buying in January, we need the reinforcements and we’ll likely see moves being made before the window opens.