Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards told to complete key signing by Monday

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Liverpool should sign a centre-back in the early days of the January transfer window, according to John Aldridge. The Reds are lacking options with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all out injured.

Aldridge thinks Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards must move swiftly to support Jurgen Klopp as he looks to defend the Premier League title.

Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips are playing alongside Fabinho in a makeshift central defence partnership as things stand.

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“The manager has got to pull a rabbit out of a hat,” Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.

“He’s got to get the backing from the owners – we’ve got to get a centre-half, an experienced one.

“We’ve only got Fabinho now who can play there – and he’s a midfield player – and two young kids.

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“As well as the kids have done and Fabinho has been magnificent, we won’t win the Premier League if we’re depending on the youngsters. We’ll get caught out too many times.

“The sooner the better for me. The first, second or third of January, we have to get a centre-half.”

The former Liverpool striker is also worried the centre-back situation could harm Champions League chances for the club.

“We’ve also got the return of Champions League football in a few weeks and Matip could still be out,” said Aldridge.

“We sold Dejan Lovren and never brought a replacement in but you can’t just bring someone in for the sake of it.

“You have to find someone who fits the bill across the board and can play the Liverpool way and the Jurgen Klopp way. There’s got to be someone out there.

“Teams might hold you to ransom and it’s not a great market in January but Michael Edwards and his recruitment team have been fantastic over the years and they’ve got to come up with another piece of magic now.”

Liverpool return to action on Monday when they take on Southampton in the Premier League (8pm).

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