In recent weeks, there have been countless transfer reports linking potential centre-back targets with a move to Anfield. For that reason alone, it seems unlikely Liverpool will strengthen in that position come January.
Liverpool pride themselves on sticking to a clear strategy and long-term planning. With that said, the number of contrasting defensive candidates tells us that the club do not have an active solution in the transfer market.
After all, the Reds have already been linked with a host of defensive possibilities, according to reports. The Athletic claims that Liverpool have held an active interest in the likes of Dayot Upamecano, Ben White and Ozan Kabak.
Lack of availability
The big issue for Liverpool, is that none of the aforementioned names seem viable at this point in time. Upamecano is due to face the Reds next month in the Champions League. RB Leipzig aren’t allowing their prized asset to depart mid-season.
As for White, he is in the midst of a relegation battle with Brighton. The Seagulls are also inclined not to sell at present.
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As a result, Liverpool are unlikely to flex their muscles financially in the January window. And even if they were to spend this month, it seems an investment in central defence is out of the picture.
The Reds usually have a clear-cut operation when it comes to signings. They don’t do quick fixes, then. If they can’t get what they want, they are prepared to wait until they can.
The acquisition of Virgil van Dijk in 2018 proves as such. Klopp ignored the urge to look for a Plan B when a move fell through in the summer of 2017. He maintained his resolve and signed the player six months later instead.
With that said, it seems improbable that the club have identified a defensive option that suits Liverpool’s current needs and matches the manager’s style.
Yes, it could be beneficial to identify a short term solution in preparation for an unforeseen circumstance – such as an injury to Fabinho.
Still, this isn’t necessarily a reason to warrant serious cause for concern. Liverpool’s defensive issues haven’t been a glaring issue as of late. The Reds have conceded just eight league goals in the 12 PL matches without Virgil van Dijk, after all.
Varying Liverpool transfer reports indicate Klopp will sit tight
Indeed, Liverpool would benefit from added depth in defence, that is without question. The problem for the Reds is the ideal candidate doesn’t exist in the current financial climate.
How Liverpool tackle this remains to be seen. What is certain at this present moment, is that the club do not have a primary candidate to bring in this month. The varying transfer reports prove as such.
It seems Klopp will put his faith in what he has as opposed to what he can bring in January. It certainly is a bold move from the Liverpool manager but one that sticks with the club’s core values and principles.