There can be doubt about it: Liverpool need a centre back to come through the door on New Year’s Day. The Reds are in desperate need of reinforcements at the back but in what form those reinforcements should come is up for debate. Liverpool should loan a defender instead of making a permanent swoop in January.
Liverpool are currently in the midst of the worst injury crisis the club has seen in decades.
The Reds have lost 13 first team stars to injury since the start of the season.
This list of 13 unfortunates includes every last one of the first team’s centre back options, even the makeshift Fabinho.
At the moment we have Virgil van Dijk sidelined for the season with a ruptured ACL.
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Whilst Joe Gomez has been ruled out for most of the campaign with a knee injury of his own.
New arrival needed
There can be no doubting the necessity of a new arrival. The Reds are in dire need of another defender in January.
Given that Joel Matip is the last man standing in the back line and his own fitness isn’t the most reliable, Jürgen Klopp will need at least one more fresh face to arrive in the coming window.
There have been rumours galore but so far nothing concrete has emerged.
Liverpool should loan defender
The Reds have been so successful in the transfer market in recent seasons because they’ve been patient and bided their time.
They’ve refused to be bullied and held to ransom, identifying the right targets and paying the right prices.
To go gung ho into the transfer window would go against this policy and could be detrimental in the long term.
Liverpool should loan a defender in January to buy time until the summer.
This approach would also have the benefit of buying time until next season when our two starters are expected to be fighting fit again.
The last thing we need is to buy an expensive defender only to have the new arrival or Joe Gomez frozen out at the start of next season.
Bringing in a temporary option helps the club plan for the summer whilst waiting to learn more about Gomez’s fitness in the future.