According to a report from The Mail, Jurgen Klopp has no plans to make any defensive additions in January despite Liverpool’s ongoing centre-back crisis.
Joel Matip picked up another injury at the weekend. He has joined Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines. Liverpool are now without all three of their senior central defensive options.
It’s a situation that leaves only Fabinho and academy graduates Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips as viable options to cover in the absence of the aforementioned trio.
Both Williams and Phillips are expected to play a role in Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures, and with the transfer window set to open in a matter of days, Klopp has no immediate plans to buy a centre-back in the New Year.
The Mail report that the Liverpool manager is adamant that 23-year-old Phillips and 19-year-old Williams are more than good enough to step up and fill the defensive void at Anfield.
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Klopp is intent on looking at internal solutions. Amid the disappointment at seeing key personnel ruled out, there is also an appreciation this situation can provide opportunities for players who wouldn’t get such chances in normal circumstances – and as long as the Reds remain competitive, club officials view this as a positive development.
These situations can indeed still change as Liveprool have shown flexibility in the past. However, they are not prone to knee jerk reactions and do not anticipate deviating from their core principles even if results were to deteriorate.
The Mail report this is said to be a joint decision between Klopp and the club’s hierarchy.