Despite all the injuries that have claimed Jurgen Klopp’s side, Liverpool remain well positioned to succeed with what they have. Despite losing points in three straight games after beating Tottenham 2-1 to stay in a tight title race, they made it to the knockout stage of the Champions League with relative ease.
Her recruitment from the summer is already paying off. Injuries have disrupted Thiago Alcantara’s start on Merseyside but Diogo Jota scored a quick strike after joining Wolverhampton Wanderers, scoring nine goals in 17 games.
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Despite many injuries, the club does not want to “panic buy” in January. If there is a real opportunity in defense, a new signing will be considered, otherwise Klopp agrees to stay with this team and only think about new business in the summer. A cherished name is always the defender of Schalke, Ozan Kabak, but no offer has yet been made.
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Player Liverpool should aim
Liverpool have one of the best central defensive pairings in the Premier League, maybe even in Europe. The problem is, they won’t be able to use it for the remainder of this season, even if Fabinho’s presence made it less of a pressing issue. At some point, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk will be available to them again, and it will take a long time for the player to rework this duo.
Perhaps a longer term option to follow Van Dijk, 30, in July, as Kabak, could allow Liverpool to thread the needle. With the defensive options they have now – Fabinho, Joel Matip, Nathaniel Philipps and Rhys Williams – Klopp wants to hold on. The extent of Matip’s injury sustained against West Bromwich Albion could change that.
Another position that could stay on the backbone through the summer is the central midfield. So far, Georginio Wijnaldum, a summer destination for Barcelona, has not agreed to renew a contract that expires at the end of the season. Renato Sanches of Lille has been linked as an inexpensive alternative, but Anfield points out that he is not an active target. Should a potential summer successor be available for Wijnaldum next month, Liverpool could move.
Players most likely to leave
Wijnaldum is the most significant potential departure from a squad that is extremely settled and has little reason to want to go anywhere else.
Some deals can be done on the sidelines with Divock Origi at the right price. The Belgian has found it even more difficult to find opportunities for regular time since Diogo Jota’s arrival and cleared his social media of any clues about Liverpool just before Christmas. It was consistently associated with a move to Germany and was of interest to Wolverhampton Wanderers. With 25 years and 18 months remaining, he is unlikely to appreciate in his current position.
Transfer forecast for Liverpool
If you’re ready to repeat yourself as English champions and could be well placed in the Champions League, especially if one or both of Van Dijk and Gomez’s return, then why mess with a winning formula? Right now, any addition in the center-back could depend on Joel Matip’s fitness.
Origi could end his six and a half year stint at Liverpool but this is unlikely to be a turbulent winter at Anfield.