Liverpool: Klopp admits new centre-back would help
Liverpool’s Premier League title is slowly slipping away from them, and their owners, the Fenway Sports Group, could give Manchester United a huge boost this month. Liverpool are set to end the January transfer window without making any signings, despite their squad being ravished by injuries.
Liverpool are currently at risk of falling dangerously behind in the Premier League title race.
Their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley last week was their first at home in nearly four years, and set them further behind in their bid to defend the title.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are now in fourth place in the table, just a point above fifth-placed Tottenham – who have a game in hand.
Aston Villa are also chasing them down after their 2-0 win over Newcastle United left them just five points behind – with two games in hand.
More worryingly, they’ve not looked like scoring in any of their recent games and have been dire going forward.
They’re badly missing Diogo Jota, who was injured in a deadrubber match against FC Midtyjlland in the Champions League late last year.
He is just one of the many injured players at Anfield at the moment, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez unlikely to play any significant football this season.
Both centre-backs are missing after suffering knee injuries, leaving Liverpool painfully short of options at the back.
They’ve been forced to play Fabinho and either Jordan Henderson or one of two young fringe players – Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams – at the back.
But regardless, Liverpool’s owners seem to have told Klopp that he‘ll have to deal with the issue from within until the end of the season and won’t be able to reinforce the squad this month.
Despite being linked with a host of centre-backs from around Europe, and a couple from the Premier League, Liverpool are no closer to signing any reinforcements than they were at the start of the window.
With just over a week to go until the window closes, Liverpool seem unlikely to sign the centre-back they so desperately need.
Speaking after the defeat against Burnley, Klopp hinted that he doesn’t have any control over the club’s transfer activity.
He hinted that decisions are being made above him at Anfield, and indicated that if he had his way, he’d bring in some reinforcements this month.
Klopp said: These decisions are not my decisions.
“If somebody thinks we should do something [they will decide].
“I cannot decide if we do something in the transfer window or not, that must be clear.”
Liverpool are expected to use the rest of the window to plan for the summer, when they are more likely to bring in a centre-back.
Reports suggest the Reds didn’t want to rush out and buy a defender in a panic in order to avoid going against their transfer policy.
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