Liverpool know a dramatic change to their transfer priority is on its way. That simply has to affect their thinking over the January transfer window.
Liverpool have a clear transfer priority right now: defence. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez – their first-choice partnership – are both out for the season, in all likliehood.
Joel Matip, third choice, has injury problems, too. It’s led to complete inconsistency at the back as Jurgen Klopp can rarely put out a decent defence in back-to-back games.
Honestly, it’s a miracle that they top the league right now.
But poor recent form highlights the issue. They have no flow to their game but how could they? Injury robbed them of last season’s ruthless consistency.
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So as we’re in the January transfer window, the clear priority is defence. Signing one gives Liverpool their best shot at winning the title again this season.
But there’s a problem: that priority will dramatically change as soon as May.
Liverpool know that Van Dijk and Gomez will come back. They might even return before the end of the year.
Regardless, they’ll certainly be back for next season. That completely eliminates any need for a first-choice centre-half. While Liverpool will still want a defender (we’d imagine), the player wouldn’t need to be elite standard.
Instead, Liverpool could move for a young player as third or fourth-choice. That would explain the links to Mohamed Simakan and Loic Bade recently.
That clearly isn’t a priority signing, though. It’s effectively a squad signing.
The priority will surely become a superstar forward – and with good reason. The current front three are all pushing 30 and the time may be here that the Reds break them up.
There appear to be some elite options on the market, too. AS claim Liverpool are in a position to sign Kylian Mbappe.
You don’t need us to tell you how huge that would be.
The point is, then, that Liverpool are stuck between the short-term and the long-term. Should they really sign someone now who they won’t really need beyond six months?
That money could jeopardise a move for a superstar, too.
At the same time, not moving for a defender could cost Liverpool a second league title. Isn’t that what we’re here for? Mbappe would be great but we’d want him to deliver those league titles. Sacrificing one to sign him feels kind of backwards.
Good luck to Liverpool, then, because there’s no easy answer here.