For Liverpool, clearly, there are some issues that need to be addressed in the January transfer window. The Reds’ previous results prove as such.
However, the route of the club’s problems aren’t necessarily solely in defence. For one, Liverpool have conceded just eight goals in the 12 league matches Virgil van Dijk has missed. Defensively, Liverpool still remain resolute.
The main issue for the team and the reason for dropping so many points in recent weeks can be attributed to a lack of creativity further up the field. Liverpool have scored just once in their previous three matches, after all.
With that said, solely adding another centre-back in January doesn’t seem like an instant fix given where the club’s struggles currently lie.
What do Liverpool require to rediscover their edge?
It seems apparent that Liverpool need an injection of quality, someone to inspire some belief and momentum back amongst the players.
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Manchester United proved as such, last season. The addition of Bruno Fernandes [£67.7 million] has transformed a previously abject and disjointed team, into one with serious aspirations of silverware.
Liverpool also profited from such an injection of class when they signed Virgil van Dijk in January 2018. It showcases the impact an individual can have to reinvigorate the team and this is something Liverpool would benefit from.
Whether this happens in the transfer window or internally within the squad remains to be seen. Thiago Alcantara certainly has the quality to make a similar impact in the coming weeks. He just needs time.
Also, Liverpool still have Diogo Jota to return this month as well as Joel Matip. There are still reasons to be optimistic, for sure.
One player can make all the difference
If Liverpool can still find someone in January who has the quality to galvanise and improve the squad, then of course, the club would look to sanction a move.
The reality, however, is that the current market doesn’t have enough viable candidates to suit Liverpool’s long-term needs. As such, the Reds will likely avoid spending this month.
Despite this, Liverpool can still conjure up solutions without looking for quick fixes in the market. The likes of Thiago and Jota were brought in with ambitions of taking the club to the next level. This can still be a reality.
For now, however, the Reds need to rediscover their cutting edge further up the field. Liverpool require a leader and someone to restore belief amongst the players.
When you consider the world-class talent currently at Klopp’s disposal, it shouldn’t be too hard to find someone up to the task.