With the January transfer window just days away from opening, Liverpool continue to play down the prospect of making signings. The Reds have reportedly ruled out the possibility of signing Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar.
Jurgen Klopp has seen his defence decimated to its core this season. As a result, Liverpool have been heavily linked with a number of potential replacements.
The likes of Dayot Upamecano, Perr Schuurs, David Alaba and Skriniar (per Calciomercato) have been included on Liverpool’s reported wishlist.
It’s no secret that Liverpool need defensive reinforcements, after all. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all injured. Klopp has, effectively, lost all three of his senior centre-backs.
As a result, the Reds require solutions. Liverpool’s decision to snub Skriniar demonstrates that Klopp will look internally to combat the injury crisis at Anfield.
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The likes of Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have benefited from such. Even with Matip’s latest injury, Liverpool have options. And this is why it is unlikely the club will get the chequebook out in January.
According to Goal, there are ‘no plans’ for any Liverpool transfers in January.
Liverpool don’t do quick fixes
Liverpool tend to avoid knee jerk reaction purchases as their self-sustaining transfer model prohibits it. Because of this, purchases made by the club are typically long in the works and extensively researched.
Just look at the club’s recent business. A lot of work, clearly, took place behind the scenes before Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota were officially unveiled as Liverpool players.
Indeed, it’s not impossible that a summer scenario is brought forward if the need and availability match-up.
Top-targets such as Upamecano or Alaba just aren’t available at present, for instance. With that said, it makes little sense for Liverpool to settle for less-suited alternatives.
When Liverpool want someone they are prepared to wait – the successful acquisition of Virgil van Dijk proves that.
After all, Michael Edwards is a tough negotiator and won’t be rushed or bullied by circumstances. Being reactionary in the transfer market could have serious detrimental long-term ramifications.
Amid the disappointment of seeing key personnel ruled out, there is also recognition such an unforeseen crisis has provided opportunities for players who might not have got the chance in normal circumstances — and as long as the team stays competitive, that would be viewed as a positive development.
Liverpool currently sit top of the Premier League and are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League. The time for mass panic in the transfer window isn’t even close.