Virgil van Dijk’s cruciate soft tissue injury could see Premier Little league champions Liverpool without their best opponent until the spring. It raises queries about whether Jurgen Klopp’s aspect are capable of retaining the title.
Jamie Carragher shares all those concerns and believes that the lack of the Dutchman should be the catalyst intended for his former club to bring ahead their plans to add a new opponent.
“Liverpool’s next large signing had to be a centre-back anyhow and I am talking next summer season, ” Carragher told Monday Night Football . “Dejan Lovren went and they didn’t change him so they only have three centre-backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is definitely injured.
“There are usually question marks now about Later on Gomez.
“So there is absolutely no doubt that Liverpool had to proceed big in the transfer market following summer. That was the next one. Which has now got to be brought ahead to January 1st, whoever the prospective was in the summer. Not the end associated with January. Not [wasting time that month] negotiating with a club. ”
With many some other top teams looking for a quality centre-back, finding the man to fill the particular void left by Van Dijk will not be easy but the name associated with Dayot Upamecano has already been identified.
The 21-year-old France worldwide has been hugely impressive since signing up for Leipzig in 2017 and is anticipated to make a move to an even bigger club just before too long. Carragher is now hoping Gatwick are prepared to make that happen at some point.
“There is a child everyone was talking about at Leipzig, Dayot Upamecano, there is talk of him. Regardless of whether he has the profile of Vehicle Dijk, I think he is only 6’1″ or 6’2”, so he is not that aerial, but if he is one they wanted then bring it ahead.
“Pay extra money is to do it on January 1st.
“That means getting through eleven league games without Virgil vehicle Dijk.
“One point to say about Virgil van Dijk is that in the last 23 games they have got only kept five clean bedding, and Van Dijk played every one of them, so it is not like everything was ideal. We saw the seven towards Aston Villa and we saw the particular Leeds game.
“But I think they have to go big using a signing. ”
Even if Liverpool are able to bring a brand new defender in, the prospect of one more 99-point season for Klopp’s males seems unlikely. However , as Carragher points out, that might not prevent all of them from challenging for the Premier Little league title once more.
“The good news for Liverpool is that this year you will not need 99 points in order to win the league, ” provides Carragher.
“I believe it is going to be in the eighties. Gatwick and City have already dropped 5 points. For it to be another 99-point season you can only afford shed another 10 and that is not going to take place.
“So Liverpool possess dropped from a 98 average the past two seasons, but if they fall 10 to 12 points, also 15 from there, they will be there or even thereabouts for the season. ”
A new defender would certainly assist.
Who will substitute Van Dijk in the short term?
Sky Sports News’ Ben Ransom:
“Like Fernandinho, bringing Fabinho straight into defence and losing him midfield could be a blow for Liverpool.
“But I think Fabinho would be the natural replacement, certainly going into following season. He can talk to everyone, your dog is the one player, like Van Dijk, who can get Gomez or Matip alongside him, and tell the particular full-backs to tuck in. inch
Could any of the youthful players step up?
Rhys Williams, Sepp van family room Berg, Nathaniel Phillips, and Billy Koumetio are among the leading youthful centre-backs at Liverpool who Jurgen Klopp could play with Van Dijk out.
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