In the midst of the club’s greatest injury crisis in many years, Liverpool still remain in a position of strength.
The Reds are currently three points clear at the Premier League summit, with a game in hand against second-placed Leicester City.
Make no mistake, this is an extraordinary feat given the circumstances.
Jurgen Klopp’s squad has been decimated to its core during critical periods of the season, and the response from his players has been emphatic.
Now the challenge for the club is to ensure the Reds are adequately strengthened heading into the New Year.
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The decisions taken by Liverpool’s board in January could have major ramifications on the club’s domestic and European aspirations in 2021.
For some, taking a risk in January would be seen as spending eye-watering fees in key areas to sufficiently bolster the squad’s depth.
This isn’t necessarily what Liverpool need to do, given their self-sustaining transfer model.
Yes, Liverpool are currently without the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, but this doesn’t warrant legitimate cause to start throwing around the chequebook.
Klopp has already proven he is prepared to make gambles this season. On several occasions, he has entrusted Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips to cover in the absence of Liverpool’s senior centre-backs.
Throwing cash at the problem is a contemporary fix and one Liverpool have avoided in recent years.
According to reports from The ECHO, Liverpool have drawn up a January transfer plan with the club unlikely to engage in any business throughout the window which is due to open in a few days time.
Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards are said to be in mutual agreement regarding Liverpool’s transfer stance.
A new signing offers no guarantees and usually requires a significant bedding-in process. Unless the need and availability of a top-target match-up, Klopp should continue to look at internal solutions.
Consider accelerating summer plans
Liverpool’s main business is typically orchestrated in the summer. There is a case for the club to try and bring forward some of these plans.
The Reds are currently being worked to their physical limits given the chaotic nature of the gruelling fixture schedule. It makes sense for Liverpool to get ahead of the game to prepare for any given circumstance.
Liverpool need strengthening in two key areas. Centre-back and in attack are all positions where reinforcements would be welcomed.
Again, this doesn’t mean just throwing money at the issue. Getting in a top player for these positions takes planning and extensive research. Unless it is realistic that plans for a certain player can be brought forward, Klopp will want to remain patient.
After all, Liverpool have proven for some time now, they are not prone to knee jerk reactions in the transfer window. Such core principles have proven successful up until this point. Why would Liverpool abandon a winning formula up until now?