Liverpool stars Thiago and Diogo Jota can give transfer hope over new January signing
Liverpool: Klopp opens up on transfer plans for January
Liverpool supporters are understandably getting nervous about the club’s lack of intent in signing a defender this month. However, if the recent summer transfer window is anything to go by, then they should remain calm for the time being.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have failed to win any of their last three Premier League matches, losing the latest against Southampton on Monday.
The loss at St Mary’s included the most-makeshift defence Klopp has put out since the injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez earlier this season.
Jordan Henderson slotted into the backline to make it not one, but two midfielders playing as central defenders.
Liverpool have only conceded two goals in their winless run but have also only scored once.
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Taking out two of your best midfielders and playing them in defence is going to affect how you build an attack, even if Fabinho or Henderson do not provide many goals or assists themselves.
But despite the clear shortage of options for Klopp, with Joel Matip also out with an adductor problem, the club have so far maintained they are not expecting to make major additions in this window.
However, Liverpool fans should not let that approach get to them. Let’s use last summer as an example.
Liverpool refused to pay the asking price for Timo Werner, allowing their long-term target to join Chelsea instead.
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Klopp explained how it would be difficult to spend vast amounts of money during the financial climate caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Reds had just won the Premier League after all, so major improvements weren’t needed.
But in the space of two days in September, the club committed to spending at least £61million on two players.
Thiago Alcantara headed through the door at Anfield first for an initial £20m, which could rise to £25m.
Thiago was swiftly followed by Diogo Jota, whose £41m move could rise by another £4m.
The two deals proved that Liverpool chiefs can pull off deals even when they’re not expected, especially in Jota’s case.
It would be remiss of them to publicly state their desire to sign a defender, though their need is blatantly obvious.
A reality check is needed – Liverpool are still top of the table. Though Reds legend Jamie Carragher does not think that will continue if they have a quiet window.
“I can’t see Liverpool winning the league if they don’t buy a centre-back,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
But there is still plenty of time for supporters, such as Carragher, to get what they want before the February 2 deadline.
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