Former Reds defender doubts a proven center-half can be found in January as no one will want to be behind Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez
Liverpool may have to tap into the loan market during the January transfer window, said Glen Johnson, the former Reds defender doubting a proven center-half can be acquired by Jurgen Klopp.
Various goals have been raised for the Premier League champions as they seek to navigate their way through their injury crisis.
Virgil van Dijk was the first to keep a low profile, with the Dutch captain suffering from knee ligament damage during the Merseyside derby with Everton in October 2020. He has since been joined on the sidelines by Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, presenting Klopp with a serious selection headache.
Academy graduates Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have occasionally been called in, while midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have been urged to step down from their more natural positions.
The forced tactical tinkering is doing little favor in Liverpool, with a side claiming title glory in 2019-2020 finding things much more difficult this time around.
Winter additions would help the cause, but value is notoriously hard to come by in the middle of a season.
Johnson admits this will make it difficult for Klopp to get some much-needed bodies in his books, with the possibility that workarounds need to be explored.
The former Reds defender said Air sports: ” It’s difficult. Obviously, Hendo and Fabinho are fantastic players and have proven that they can do a job at the center.
“The problem for Liverpool is that if they try to sign someone, whoever walks through the door will know he’s third, fourth or even fifth choice in eight months. Which top player is going to want to do this?
“Maybe a loan, maybe? Maybe someone who knows he’s only going to come in until the end of the season. This is probably a more likely option – but do they need more bodies? Definitely yes. “
Liverpool kept their clean sheet in their last outing, as they played a goalless draw with Manchester United, but are battling for a spark and now sits fourth in the top-flight English ranking.