Here’s our five-point plan as Liverpool prepare to tackle the January transfer window. The Reds could make or break their season.
Liverpool will need to carefully plan out their assault on the January transfer window. It’s a huge one, after all, as they look to save their season from an injury crisis.
Here’s our five-point plan for the Reds.
1. Assess current options
The work starts now. Liverpool have the next month and a half to figure out who can see them through the season. Eyes will primarily be on four players.
Joel Matip – Can he stay fit? If he can, then Liverpool can sign younger in winter. If he can’t, they’ll need to sign experience.
Fabinho – Can he play centre-half? He looks like he can but we don’t know for sure. He need more games there and the Brazilian will get them.
Nat Phillips & Rhys Williams – Can either of them play a key role? Can both of them? They’ve got six weeks to prove their worth and help the Reds decide how big they need to go in January.
There is one more – Joe Gomez. Liverpool will hope he can come back reasonably quickly, which again, would alter plans.
2. Assess potential options
If they want experience and immediate quality, perhaps Kalidou Koulibaly – albeit a very expensive option. There will be extensive scouting on all of them over the next six weeks.
By January, though, it’ll be at the negotiation stage. Liverpool will quickly decide who works and then talk to clubs about potential prices. It’s all part of the process and cost, ultimately, could be the deciding factor.
3. Summer forwards
The defence is the priority but that won’t be all that’s going on. The plans for the summer will begin and that means forwards.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all the same age and all pushing 30. The task of replacing them begins in 2021.
Regardless, the Reds will want to be at the front of the queue and know the situation, whoever they opt for in the end.
The injury crisis means we can’t see anyone leaving in January. But just as Liverpool will think about the summer and contact teams in advance, others will do that with Liverpool.
And if the Reds do want a superstar in the summer, they could well sell someone on to fund it. The obvious choice is one of the front-three, who the star would replace.
They’ll listen to potential offers and figure out who could move on – if anyone. Again, this starts in January.
The clock is ticking. Gini Wijnaldum has under eight months remaining on his contract and can talk to non-domestic clubs from January 1st.
Liverpool will want to know if he’s leaving or not and January will give the clearest indication.
Wijnaldum’s departure would leave a hole in the squad and Liverpool would need to act to fill it. The alternative is that they convince him to stay – surely the preferred option at the right wage package.