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Pep Lijnders hints that Liverpool will continue to rely on academy stars

Liverpool have been utterly ravaged by injuries this season. Jürgen Klopp has lost well over a dozen players to illness and injury since the start of the campaign. The boss’ bad luck just won’t let up. Many believe the Reds will invest in January to plug some gaps. Pep Lijnders has hinted that Liverpool will rely on the academy to provide depth.

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Liverpool injury list

Have you ever seen anything like it?

Liverpool have lost swathes of the first team to long term injuries this term.

Virgil van Dijk is out for the season with an ACL injury.

Meanwhile Joe Gomez is unlikely to play again due to a knee problem of his own.

Thiago has been absent for most of the campaign due to illness and an issue picked up in the Merseyside Derby.

The lack of numbers in defence has led many to believe that Liverpool will invest in a centre back in January.

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£40m Dayot Upamecano has been regularly touted as a potential arrival.

Lijnders on Liverpool January transfer plans

The Reds have thus far turned to the academy for depth.

Rhys Williams has played in each Champions League game this term, whilst Neco Williams and Nat Phillips have also made appearances.

Speaking during a Q&A on the club’s official site, Pep Lijnders hinted at the Liverpool January transfer plans, insisting that the academy can provide what we need:

“These moments where you lose a top, top player automatically creates a big chance for a young player, because we invest a lot of time and we have a big commitment to them to be part of our squad.

“What I’m trying to say is: I feel really the best back-up plan is the Academy.

“If the Academy is right and there’s a fluid process between the Academy and the first team, the best back-up plan is always young players because they never let you down – never, never. And that’s what you saw.”

What RTK has to say

This was pretty inevitable.

Pep Lijnders is a massive believer of promoting from within, he spent a lot of time linking the academy and the first team before he became Jürgen Klopp’s assistant.

There is also the consideration that if the Reds were planning on a January move then they wouldn’t be broadcasting it to the media.

We tend to do most of our business in the shadows. We won’t find out about any move until it’s pretty much a done deal.

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