There are two ways Liverpool could enter the January transfer market, according to reports. The Reds have several players linked with them.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim that Liverpool are very unlikely to do any business in the January transfer market.
Jurgen Klopp is apparently happy with what he’s got – even in defence. Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips are covering the absences nicely, meaning the boss is happy to stick with them.
And in midfield, too, Klopp is comfortable. Players are on their way back form injury, meaning the Reds will have a much bigger squad before long.
But this isn’t to completely rule out the possibility of January signings. The Echo says there are still two ways that Liverpool could enter the market midseason.
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The first is if there are more injuries. Now, that feels both ridiculous and near-inevitable.
Liverpool have had so many as it is that the idea of more is beyond the imagination. At the same time, we’ve seen that it can happen – very clearly seen it, in fact.
Just about everyone has picked up an absence at some point. A few long-term. Thus the chances that there are more feel quite high.
The other way is if there is a departure – i.e. a sale. Liverpool control this one, of course, but there are two cases that make it interesting.
The first is the obvious one – Gini Wijnaldum. His contract expires in the summer and while we don’t think Liverpool will sell him early, there’s always the temptation of a good offer.
If someone offers a high price to get him early, Liverpool could sell. We do think it would have to be a really good deal, though, and one that is literally too good to pass up.
The other potential outgoing player is Divock Origi. The Athletic recently claimed that Liverpool are open to offers of around £20m.
If one comes in, that could change the outlook in January. While we don’t think Origi necessarily needs a direct replacement – he barely players, after all – it could make it easier to spend elsewhere.
So the situation feels relatively clear. As things are, don’t expect any January signings. But there are ways things could change – potentially quickly – and that would open the door to signings.