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Danny Murphy says Liverpool 'desperately' need transfers

Liverpool ‘desperately’ require a centre-back addition in the January transfer window, according to Danny Murphy. The Reds have less than a week to sign someone.

Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions have struggled in recent weeks as a result of injuries to key personnel, most noticeably, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Diogo Jota.

The Reds are winless in their previous five league matches, and have failed to score in their last four.

Liverpool have been unable to match the devastating standards of the past two seasons, and as a result, calls for additions in the transfer market have intensified.

Murphy on transfers

Murphy feels his former club, whom he clocked up 249 appearances for, should consider dipping into the market to aid their Premier League and Champions League aspirations during the second half of the season.

The nine-time former England international, however, does not think any blame should be placed at Klopp’s doorstep for a lack of transfer activity.

Speaking with talkSPORT, he said: “I don’t think you should go out and buy for the sake of it. If you can’t get the ones you want in then you don’t do it.

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“Defensively they’re not right, are they? That’s for sure. I know they’re not scoring, but you could see [against Man Utd in the FA Cup] defensively they’re not right when [Joel] Matip isn’t there.

“So I hope for everybody’s sake they do something in the last few days of the window, give everyone a boost and then a decent result at Tottenham [on Thursday] can get them back on track.

“It’s a difficult time for them. It’s a weird season. There’s one thing for sure, Jurgen Klopp’s got plenty in the bank. I don’t mean money, I mean credit.”

Asked if he expects a new defender to arrive at the club in the coming days, Murphy responded: “I would really hope so. I’d be really surprised if nothing happened.”

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There is no doubt Liverpool would benefit from a late addition in the transfer market. The problem, however, is that there are limited options to choose from.

Still, what remains certain is that Liverpool cannot afford to do nothing. Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United pointed to as such. Rhys Williams was given a cruel reminder of what it takes to make it at the top level.

The 19-year-old deserves sympathy given it was only his 12th senior appearance at the club. It’s unfair to assume he could ever match the standard of Van Dijk and Gomez.

Also, playing midfielders out of position isn’t helping matters either. Both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson’s influence in that particular area has been a great miss. Without them in their natural roles, the balance of the team has been damaged.

In the absence of funds required to make a top-level addition, a quick-fix is exactly what Liverpool need.

Being pro-active is exactly what the Reds have built their success on in recent seasons. Klopp doesn’t require another Van Dijk, either. Just someone capable of remaining durable and who is an upgrade on what is currently available.

Given Liverpool have been reliant on academy stars to fill the defensive void, that shouldn’t be too hard to find.

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