Liverpool have been incredibly unlucky with fitness issues this season. The Reds have seen scores of players ruled out by illness and injury during the campaign, forcing the manager into some creative solutions. We can’t ignore the latest blow. Liverpool have to buy a centre back in January after the Joel Matip injury.
Liverpool defensive frailties
Who could’ve guessed this is where we’d be come the New Year?
Liverpool started the season with just three senior centre backs in the first team.
They’ll likely enter January without a single one of them fit.
Virgil van Dijk ruptured his ACL in the Merseyside Derby whilst Joe Gomez picked up a knee problem on England duty.
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Joel Matip has been in and out of the side with his own fitness issues.
The latest Joel Matip injury is yet to be clarified but given that it forced him off quite suddenly against West Brom we can assume he’ll be out for some weeks.
Liverpool need to buy a centre back
Many have argued that Liverpool should sign a centre back in January.
We’ve been met with tight lips and insistences from the club that the Reds won’t be looking to spend in the winter window.
Given that signing a new defender was being talked about as early as the Van Dijk injury, now that we’re down to absolutely zero senior, natural centre backs, signing a centre half has to be a top priority.
We are likely to line up with Fabinho alongside Rhys Williams in the coming weeks.
Whilst the 19-year-old has impressed with his performances so far we can’t rely on him to keep it up for a prolonged period.
Furthermore, should Fabby or Rhys Williams pick up an injury we’d have to rummage even deeper in the squad.
This is an issue which needs addressing pronto, we can’t afford to wait until summer.