A number of Liverpool fans have been urging Jurgen Klopp to dip into the free-agent market and sign Ezequiel Garay on a short-term deal, after the major blow of losing Virgil van Dijk to a knee injury.
Van Dijk is set to be side-lined for a few months at the absolute minimum, having sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton. Jordan Pickford’s ill-judged lunge on the Dutchman in the 2-2 draw has been met with widespread criticism and leaves the defender needing surgery, as per BBC Sport.
Liverpool decided not to add to their centre-back options in the summer, despite allowing Dejan Lovren and Ki-Jana However to leave the club. That now leaves Klopp’s side with only Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho to call upon at the heart of their defence.
It has been reported that the Reds could look to dip into the free-agent market for a potential short-term replacement for Van Dijk. One player who has been suggested as a potential target for them is former Valencia defender Garay, who recently left the La Liga side after four years, as per The Express.
The 34-year-old has been labelled as a ‘powerful’ defender who ‘never gets flustered.’ Those are the sorts of qualities that the Reds will be needing now in the absence of Van Dijk’s leadership. The Argentine has experienced playing under the weight of expectations of a big club having spent time with Real Madrid and Benfica.
A lot of Liverpool fans have been suggesting he could the right option for them to bring in during Van Dijk’s layoff, with many saying Klopp simply must strengthen their defence.
Liverpool fans urge Reds to make Garay move
Just a stab in the dark, but ezequiel garay is out of contract, and Liverpool can sign him outside the transfer window. Ok he is 34 and not quick, but he has the experience and could be a good back up to Matip and Gomez. You don’t have to be quick to be a defender!@LFC
— Paul LFC 4 LIFE (@g7paul) October 19, 2020
Liverpool could do worse than getting Garay in on a free until the end of the season. Low risk. Experienced. Plugs a gap.
— Regan 3:16 (@ShaunRegan97) October 19, 2020
Liverpool urgently need a new centre back with the terrible news about Van Dijk there are 4 players that are free agents that could play a role in our defence Ezequiel Garay Daniel Schwaab Andre Pinto and Sebastian Langkamp all these guys have experience at the highest level
— Myles Smith (@Myles_Smith19) October 18, 2020
I’d sign a free agent CB on an emergency basis if I were Liverpool. Too much at stake to give young players like Rhys Williams and van den Berg minutes.
Ezequiel Garay, Daniel Schwaab, Andre Pinto, and Sebastian Langkamp (to name a few) are all available
— Anfield Neil (@KloppCulture) October 18, 2020
Ezequiel Garay is available on a free. Just turned 34, been a solid CB over his career. Could be a good idea #LFC
— S 🏆 (@RedLabourLFC) October 18, 2020
If we want an experienced stop gap Ezequiel Garay is free agent
— Homes (@LFC_Wahome) October 20, 2020
— C Jay (@ceejayreal) October 20, 2020
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