Pearce not convinced
The Reds got themselves over the line last night as they defeated West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield but they certainly made hard work of it.
Pablo Fornals’ first-half opener was cancelled out by a Mohamed Salah penalty before a late winner by substitute Diogo Jota ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s side went top of the Premier League.
Nathaniel Phillips was forced to stand in for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Fabinho who are all sidelined. Klopp would be open to using Andy Robertson or Jordan Henderson in that position if it’s required (cited by Goal), but he chose to play Phillips.
Replying to a fan on The Athletic’s Q&A session after the full-time whistle, Pearce was not convinced that a short-term option, similar to Steven Caulker, who was brought in on an emergency loan a few years ago, will arrive in January.
“I’d be surprised if LFC went for a short term option”, he said. “The reality is they need another CB anyway. It’s not like they just need one until VVD is back fit.”
Pearce did not go into detail as to whether The Reds would be investing during the winter window, with the Premier League champions having been linked with the likes of RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
While Klopp may have a short-term plan to get him through to January, his team is where they need to be in the standings as things stand.
However, their problems will not go away, Matip has been struggling to stay fit even before Van Dijk’s injury and the manager will have known that. His decision not to replace Dejan Lovren in the summer is now looking like a mistake.
That being said, the Reds are unbeaten since the Dutchman was seriously hurt, which should provide an injection of confidence throughout the dressing room.
On the flip side, Liverpool have not been convincing in recent games and as such, Klopp should monitor the situation carefully and will need to make an urgent decision in January.
In other news, Liverpool fans believe that ‘useless’ asset needs to be dropped.
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