Liverpool haven’t had it easy this season. Jürgen Klopp had a difficult start to the season fixture wise and he came through it relatively unscathed despite a plethora of injuries to contend with. Speaking to The Mail, Jamie Carragher insisted Liverpool would still be the team to beat if they signed a centre back in January.
Liverpool defensive injury crisis
At the time of writing a majority of the Liverpool back line is injured.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been absent since before the international break after pulling up with a calf problem during the 1-1 draw with Man City.
Virgil van Dijk won’t play again this season after rupturing his ACL in the Merseyside Derby in an unfortunate Jordan Pickford accident.
Whilst Joe Gomez will be lucky to play again this term after picking up a knee injury of his own in England training.
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Joel Matip is the last centre back standing, leading many to believe that the Reds will invest in the January transfer window.
Jamie Carragher on Liverpool chances
Speaking to The Mail ahead of the launch of his book The Greatest Games, Jamie Carragher said Liverpool will still be the team to beat if they sign a centre back in January.
The Reds face stiff competition this year but early form suggests that they can retain the title if they keep players fit. Carra told the outlet:
“The [injury] situation with Van Dijk and Joe Gomez is a massive blow.
“If those two were fit, I’d be very confident of Liverpool winning the league again. It makes it more of an even contest with everyone involved now.
“I think Man City will fancy their chances on the back of those injuries. And Guardiola signing his contract will be a boost.
“But if Liverpool could sign a good centre half in January, I think they’d still be the team to beat.”
What RTK has to say
We can’t help but agree with Jamie Carragher.
The Reds have had a strong start to the season, it is sometimes easy to forget that the points they’ve dropped have been bizarre for the most part.
The Merseyside Derby was a farce, even the most bitter Evertonian will tell you that Jürgen Klopp was robbed.
The Villa Park disaster was a blip, the draw at the Etihad was a point we didn’t get last season.
If we add a top class centre half in January to reinforce the depleted defence then Carra is right, we really will be the team to beat.