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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes it will be tough for the Reds to retain their Premier League title if they don’t sign a new centre-back, but Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards are apparently set to ignore that advice.
Liverpool reportedly aren’t planning to sign a new centre-back in January.
Injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have left them short of options at the back, with youngsters Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips getting surprise game time.
Fabinho has been forced to drop from midfield to defence in order to play alongside Joel Matip, with Jordan Henderson even playing at centre-back at times.
Liverpool were tipped to move for a new central defender in January, with Dayot Upamecano, Ozan Kabak and Ben White all tentatively linked.
But The Athletic claims they aren’t planning to make any major signings in January.
They decided after Van Dijk and Gomez’s injuries that they wouldn’t make any new additions, and apparently won’t change that approach.
Liverpool’s recruitment team is instead focusing on business for the end of the season.
Speaking on Sunday, Carragher discussed Liverpool’s situation at the back and urged them to get the chequebook out – but only for the right player.
He said: “I still believe Liverpool are the best team in this league, even without Van Dijk, and I think most people would say they’re favourites to win the league.
“The odd game, coming in now and again, they done really well, fantastic. But I know that’s the position I played, it’s not really a position for young players as such.
“And at times they will make mistakes because they are young players, they’re learning and I think that’s the only way it could cost Liverpool.
“And I don’t necessarily mean bring in a centre-back for £70m-£80m, like a Van Dijk signing, and not necessarily someone to go straight in the team, just someone there so Liverpool don’t end up with two young lads at some stage if Fabinho was to go down injured.
“Because at this moment Liverpool Football Club have one senior centre-back who’s available this season and he’s injury prone. So they have to, have to do something in January.”
Liverpool are instead set to focus on extending Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract in January.
The Dutch midfielder is free to talk to new clubs from January 1st, and Barcelona are eager to tie up a deal – though they will face competition from Inter Milan.
Antonio Conte is said to be interested in signing the 30-year-old, but will have to sell Christian Eriksen first.
Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, who are both set to leave before long, will apparently be kept until the summer.
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