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Report: Liverpool targeting Milan Skriniar to fill in for Van Dijk

Liverpool are going to sign a defender in January. The Reds are going to have bring in defensive reinforcements as they look to plug the gaps left by a series of defensive injuries. Jürgen Klopp has no choice but to add another defender but the question is who will come in? According to ESPN, Liverpool are targeting Milan Skriniar of Inter Milan.

According to ESPN, Liverpool are targeting Milan Skriniar of Inter Milan. (Photo by Massimo Insabato/Archivio Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Liverpool injury crisis

It isn’t often that we find ourselves criticising the Liverpool transfer policy.

This summer was a mostly successful one for Michael Edwards, he made a few impressive signings. One of them has already played himself into the hearts of Kopites everywhere with his goalscoring instinct.

However, the powers that be deciding to sell Dejan Lovren without replacing him is a call that will live in infamy.

Starting with just three centre backs in the senior side was a gamble and it didn’t pay off.

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Virgil van Dijk has been ruled out for the season, Joel Matip can’t keep consistently fit and makeshift backup Fabinho is sidelined with a hamstring problem.

 

Joe Gomez, as a result, stands alone.

Liverpool and Milan Skriniar

According to ESPN, Liverpool are targeting Milan Skriniar of Inter Milan.

The report claims that the Reds could move for the Slovakian as they look to bolster the ranks in defence in the absence of the talismanic Virgil van Dijk.

The move would likely ruffle the feathers of Jose Mourinho who tried to sign the Inter defender for Spurs over the summer.

The North London side refused to pay the £54m that Antonio Conte’s club were looking for and the centre back stayed put as a result.

ESPN claims that Mourinho still holds an interest in the defender.

What RTK has to say

Liverpool signing Milan Skriniar would be a real statement but it is an unlikely move.

The defender would cost quite a bit of money and he would likely force Joe Gomez down the pecking order eventually, something that the Reds may not see as necessary.

Michael Edwards is also more likely to move for a younger defender who can grow in the shadow of the first choice pairing, a player such as Malick Thiaw of Schalke.

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