Liverpool are going to sign a defender in January – at least that was the plan. Given the latest news, the Reds may have to sign two defenders. The club are in the midst of an injury crisis and it feels like the end of the world. However, if Liverpool sign Perr Schuurs and Dayot Upamecano then the injury crisis may have its long term benefits.
Liverpool injury crisis
This summer the Reds wowed us all with their transfer business.
The club brought in an elite level midfielder and an exciting young attacker, both of whom have shown their brilliance already.
The Reds also wowed us with their decision to sell Dejan Lovren without replacing him.
As a result Jürgen Klopp began the season with just three fit centre backs, a risky move to say the least.
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The gamble certainly didn’t pay off – just weeks into the season we saw Virgil van Dijk ruled out for the campaign, Joel Matip was also sidelined.
Most recently we’ve learned that Joe Gomez is set for a lengthy spell out with a knee injury.
This has left the boss with just one fit centre back and Joel Matip’s fitness isn’t the most reliable.
Liverpool target Schuurs and Upamecano
In recent weeks we’ve seen Liverpool linked with Perr Schuurs and Dayot Upamecano.
CalcioMercato have claimed the Reds hold a strong interest in Schuurs, with the defender valued at around £27m.
Injury crisis blessing in disguise
Given that the Reds could do with signing two defenders if Joe Gomez is ruled out for the season, the injury crisis could prove a blessing in disguise.
Liverpool signing both Perr Schuurs and Dayot Upamecano would be a massive statement of intent and could solidify the defence for a decade.
The Ajax man is just 20-years-old whilst Leipzig’s centre back is just 21-years-old.
We would get more than a decade out of each defender – the injury crisis could have its long term benefits if it forces us to move for both players.