Klopp is desperate to sign a center back after Liverpool’s atrocious form in the league.
Almost 4 years ago Liverpool’s last home defeat came at the hands of Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace. A 1-0 defeat by Sean Dyche’s Burnley this week ended Liverpool’s 68 matches unbeaten run at Anfield. . This makes it 5 games without a win for the Reds in the league. The former bookie’s favorites to win the league trail the current league leaders Manchester United by 6 points.
With one week left for the transfer window to shut, most fans are optimistic for a signing or two to fill in the gap left by injured Van Dijk earlier this season. To compound Liverpool’s misery, the other two senior center-backs-Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are injury-prone. They can hardly be relied on playing continuous games week in week out. Van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out for the rest of the season.
Liverpool requires heavy reinforcements in the center-back department. They do require a couple of signings who would be content playing in rotation once the senior center backs of Liverpool are back in action.
Should Klopp have signed reinforcements in the summer?
You can argue that some of the fans saw the shortcomings of lack of defensive depth when Liverpool sold Lovren but never truly replaced him with a signing. In the summer, Koulibaly was extensively linked with the Reds but Klopp chose to not sign any reinforcements. When it comes to transfers under Klopp, Liverpool has been patient and thrifty in the market but in times like these, Liverpool desperately needs quick reinforcements if they aspire to challenge for the title.
With Fabinho has stepped in as a makeshift center-back this season. The club really requires one more quality player who can add some more depth to the backline.19-year-old Rhys William has stepped up as cover for the injury-ravaged reds with 10 first-team appearances but occasionally does look out of depth.
Rumored prospects Klopp should take a look at.
Most fans would prefer someone with more stature, quality, and experience than Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips at back if they are to mount a serious title challenge which seems unlikely if they do not make the necessary signings. Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig seems the most exciting prospect among the rumored signings. Upamecano is a ball-playing center-back who is good on the ball and helps build-up play, something which suits Klopp’s playstyle.
Liverpool has also shown interest in Ozan Kabak from Schalke 04 and David Alaba from Bayern Munich. It won’t be surprising if Liverpool signs one of the mentioned names or someone else right before the window closes in a swift and discreet manner just like they did with Fabinho, Jota, and Salah to name a few.
Ozan Kabak’s would add much-needed depth at the back.
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Successful teams require constant recruitment and competition for the first team spots.
Many people would remember the great teams built by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger in the past decades that competed for the league year in year out. Those teams always had similar issues with player’s form and injury. They kept things fresh by recruiting constantly to ensure competition for spots, something Liverpool has to do now.
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Liverpool is trailing the league leaders Manchester United by 6 points. Liverpool F.C. travels to Manchester for the F.A. cup 4th round fixture. The odds are not in favor of Liverpool in the coming derby versus their bitter rivals who would like to go one-up on them.
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