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Liverpool: Journalist does not expect much transfer activity in January

Liverpool: Journalist does not expect much transfer activity in January

Liverpool are not expected to be very active in the January transfer window, according to a journalist from a local media outlet.

In a column for the Liverpool Echo, Sean Bradbury said that it currently seems unlikely that Liverpool will conduct much business in January, although he wrote that there is the possibility of a couple of players being sought to “bed them in” for next season.

Bradbury wrote in the Liverpool Echo that Jurgen Klopp’s “settled squad is performing at the peak of its substantial powers”, adding that “the Reds would be shopping in a very exclusive market to sign anyone of sufficient quality to challenge the current roster”.

Liverpool are facing an intense period of 14 matches in the space of 45 days in five different competitions, a hectic schedule that could severely test the depth and fitness of Klopp’s first-team squad.

The Reds will face the extraordinary situation of fielding two separate squads in less than 24 hours for a Carabao Cup trip to Aston Villa on December 17th and the Club World Cup semi-finals in Qatar a day later. [via talkSPORT]

Injury problems already seem to be mounting for Liverpool, with Sky Sports reporting that Mohamed Salah’s return date from an ankle problem is unclear. A¬†similar injury saw Andrew Robertson pull out of Scotland’s squad this week, with journalist James Pearce tweeting (via @JamesPearceLFC) that he could be doubtful for the trip to Crystal Palace on November 23rd.

The Reds have already been without Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri in recent games due to injury, while Naby Keita limped out of the recent Carabao Cup game against Arsenal having been sidelined by a muscle injury earlier in the season.

The prospect of being without Salah and Robertson for an extended period is frightening, with only Sadio Mane scoring more than the Egyptian this term and no natural left-back alternative for the Scot – midfielder James Milner has deputised in that role on occasion recently.

Liverpool kept a low profile in the summer transfer window, only bringing in teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott along with experienced goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan.

As Bradbury has suggested, Klopp may adopt an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach, with the Reds eight points clear at the top of the Premier League having dropped only two points in 12 games.

However, they have exploited the January window very effectively in previous years, signing the likes of Luis Suarez (82 goals in 133 games), Daniel Sturridge (68 goals in 160 games), Philippe Coutinho (54 goals in 201 games) and Virgil van Dijk (reigning PFA Player of the Year) mid-season.

Depending on how the squad negotiates the glut of games for the remainder of 2019, Liverpool may be left with no option but to strengthen in January – and the planning for that should start now so that they’re not left scrambling for players towards the end of the window.

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