This comes from The Athletic. They believe that Jurgen Klopp will not enter the market for a centre-back addition despite reports that the Reds contacted Sokratis to check his situation before his move to Olympiacos.
Liverpool are still yet to properly address their defensive shortcomings this season as a result of long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Not only is Klopp without his first-choice centre-back pairing, but the club’s only specialist senior centre back (Joel Matip) has been plagued by an array of fitness issues throughout the campaign.
The Reds have paid a heavy price failing to compensate for the loss of Dejan Lovren when they sold the Croatia international to Zenit Saint Petersburg last summer.
Lovren, 31, left Anfield in search for regular first-team football. Ironically, had he remained on Merseyside, the former Southampton starlet would have played 30+ matches for the Premier League champions this term.
Still, Liverpool are no closer to finding a long-term replacement for the 62-time Croatia national team star. And according to Ornstein of The Athletic, the club will not be making any additions in the coming days.
Suffice to say, this was not the news that some of the Anfield faithful were hoping to hear during the final week of the transfer window.
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As mentioned, Liverpool’s defensive conundrum has had major ramifications on their title defence this season.
The Reds are without a win in their previous five league matches, after all, and have fallen six points behind league leaders Manchester United.
There was a false sense of security following the loss of Van Dijk on October 17. In the aftermath of the Dutchman’s injury, Liverpool won five consecutive matches on the spin.
This may have convinced Klopp that the Reds were capable of coping without their defensive lynchpin and chief organiser.
The plan was to wait until the summer to strengthen Liverpool’s back-line, per The Times. It seems the board remain determined to stick to this approach.
Still, playing midfielders in defence has dangerously altered the dynamic and flow of this Liverpool team in recent weeks. Their only win in 2021 was against Aston Villa’s youth team, after all.
In the absence of key personnel, a quick fix is exactly what Liverpool need in this present moment.
Unfortunately, according to Ornstein, the Reds are no closer to making this happen as we approach the final week of the January transfer window.