Liverpool must sign a centre-back in January, Carragher claims after Matip injury Golas Core

Liverpool must sign a centre-back in January, Carragher claims after Matip injury
27 December 2020 - 9:01 pm

Liverpool must sign a centre-back in January, Carragher claims after Matip injury,

The Reds have been urged to deliver in a new face to strengthen their defence after the most recent upset

It’s “paramount” that Liverpool sign a central defender in the January switch window after Joel Matip sustained one other injury, says former star Jamie Carragher.

The Reds’ defensive disaster worsened on Sunday when the 29-year-old was taken off in the second half of their 1-1 draw with West Brom.

The reigning Premier League champions are already with out star defender Virgil van Dijk, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury in October, in addition to Joe Gomez.

Though coach Jurgen Klopp has the likes of Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips to name on to associate Fabinho on the coronary heart of the again line, Carragher feels the Reds must deliver in additional cowl as quickly as doable.

He mentioned on Sky Sports activities: “It is a large fear, but it surely’s not a new fear. Joel Matip won’t play each recreation between now and the tip of the season. We knew that even earlier than the injury in the present day, that is why it is paramount Liverpool sign any person in January. I mentioned that as quickly as Virgil van Dijk had his injury in opposition to Everton.

“Fabinho’s gone there and regarded like a top-class centre-back in that place, so perhaps folks on the membership felt the necessity wasn’t as pressing. However Joel Matip is just too injury susceptible, his physique cannot take the rigour of taking part in Premier League soccer week in, week out, we all know that since he joined, he is a actually good participant.

“I nonetheless consider Liverpool are one of the best crew in this league, even with out Van Dijk and I believe most individuals would say they’re favourites to win the Premier League. The one method they do not win it’s if they’ve issues at centre-back, the place Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips should play for a extended time frame.

“The odd recreation once in a while, they’ve carried out unbelievable, however I do know, since that is the place I performed, it is probably not a place for younger gamers as such. At occasions they’ll make errors as they’re younger gamers, they’re studying.

“That is the one method that might value Liverpool, and I do not essentially imply bringing in a centre-back for £70-80 million like a Van Dijk sort of signing, and never essentially somebody to go straight into the crew. Simply somebody there in order that Liverpool do not find yourself with two younger lads at some stage for 5 – 6 weeks if Fabinho was to go down injured.

“At this second, Liverpool have one senior centre-back who is on the market this season and he is injury susceptible, so that they should do one thing in January.”

Liverpool now sit three factors clear on the prime of the Premier League after 15 matches and can face Newcastle on Wednesday in their final match of 2020.

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