Liverpool are facing an unprecedented crisis at the minute. The Reds have been utterly decimated by injuries. As a result we’ve seen youngsters stepping up and forgotten stars thrust into the limelight. Given the lack of numbers at the back, many had predicted Liverpool to make a January transfer – The Athletic has claimed this isn’t the case.
Liverpool defensive crisis
The Reds started the season with three centre backs and one makeshift option if needed.
Since then we’ve seen three quarters of these options resigned to the treatment table.
Virgil van Dijk will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured ACL after being clattered into during the Merseyside Derby.
Meanwhile, Joe Gomez will be sidelined for most of the campaign with a knee injury of his own – sustained during England training.
Fabinho is currently recovering from a hamstring problem picked up in a Champions League tie.
This leaves Joel Matip as the last centre back standing and his fitness isn’t the most reliable of the bunch.
Liverpool stance on January transfer
Many believe that the Reds have to bring a player in in the coming window.
However, The Athletic has claimed that Liverpool aren’t looking at a January transfer.
David Ornstein tweeted the news out this morning, reporting that a new centre back isn’t in the club’s New Year’s plans.
What RTK has to say
This doesn’t surprise us.
The Reds haven’t been ones for knee jerk reactions since FSG took over.
Instead they’ve been patient and measured in their approach to recruitment.
Bringing someone in in January could see us overpaying or not getting our first choice target.
If the right man comes up at the right place a the right time then sure, the club will do it. They won’t, however, be forced into making brash decisions.
Whilst this may be painful in the long term, it is beneficial in the long term.