The Times’ northern football correspondent Paul Joyce has shed some light on Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards’ current behind the scenes activity at Anfield at it will not come as good news for those fans who want the club to sign a central defender this month.
Per The Times, the sporting director, along with the Merseyside club’s scouting department, is currently assessing potential summer transfer targets for the Reds in the centre-back position.
Does this indicate that Liverpool may not sign a centre-back in January?
This claim comes as the Reds have been linked with a move for several different centre-backs in the January transfer window, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having been weakened in this area thanks to injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
Despite those injuries, however, Klopp himself has suggested that entering the winter market for a centre-back as a result of his side’s injury woes in that particular position wouldn’t be a wise move and with Edwards and the Reds’ scouts said to be lining up summer transfer targets at centre-back, rather than January targets, it would seem as though the club is determined not to panic-buy and, instead, they’ll thoroughly assess their options before making their move.
Will a centre-back be Liverpool’s summer transfer priority?
With this news coming out suggesting that the centre-back position is Edwards’ main area of focus, at present, perhaps that suggests that the Reds will prioritise recruiting a centre-back above all other positions in the summer.
It may be difficult to argue with Klopp about this strategy being the best route for the Reds to go down in the long-run, as he’s explained that this has been his transfer approach throughout his time at Anfield, during which time, the club have enjoyed a lot of success.
Are you excited by this claim on Edwards?
However, this could still be a risk, as if Liverpool’s centre-back issues persist and end up playing a part in them failing to retain the Premier League title this term, with bitter rivals Manchester United their nearest challengers in the top flight at present, their refusal to try and solve this problem in January will surely go down as a hotly-contested decision amongst fans of the Merseyside club.
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