Former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has tipped manager Jurgen Klopp to dip into the transfer market and bring a defender to Anfield in January.
Kirkland predicts busy January for Klopp
The Reds have a significant defensive injury crisis on their hands, with Joe Gomez becoming the latest casualty during the international break.
Virgil van Dijk recently had surgery on his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, while Joel Matip continues to struggle with his fitness and stand-in defender Fabinho injured his hamstring against FC Midtjylland in the Champions League.
But with the transfer window due to open in just under two months, Bayern Munich’s David Alaba has been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside, with reports suggesting he would be open to a move to the Premier League. His contract at the Bavarian giants is due to expire at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, Kirkland believes Klopp’s hand will be forced to try and obtain a veteran during the window.
“I’m sure they have got a list of players in,” he said. “People say go young but you need experience in that position. If you’re looking to get somebody in until the other lads are ready, like your Nat [Nathaniel] Phillips and your Gomez’s – Matip gets injured a lot.
“I’d imagine that they’ll probably be looking around the 28-30 mark, for somebody that’s played a lot of games. But as to who, it’s so tough.”
Transfer Tavern take
Liverpool’s problems have grown bigger and with no end in sight for their injury woes, it’s difficult to disagree with what Kirkland is saying.
It would be a huge surprise if Klopp continued to simply use the assets he has, with games coming thick and fast all season.
That said, an experienced defender will not come cheap as clubs will be fully aware of Liverpool’s current situation, and as such, they could financially exploit them by raising price tags for players. Liverpool simply have to be prepared.
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