The former Reds striker believes “another senior defender” should be taken on in 2021 so that Fabinho can be put under pressure
The sight of Joel Matip joining Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in the treatment room means Liverpool will have to sign “another senior defender” in January, John Aldridge said.
The Reds have had a pathetic accident on the injury front this season.
After the reigning Premier League champions lost their first choice in the middle due to knee problems, Matip had to be sent off at halftime in the 1-1 draw in Fulham.
The hope is that he won’t pause long, but Jürgen Klopp quickly runs out of options.
The versatile Brazilian international Fabinho has already been asked to play in the background. Midfielder Jordan Henderson plays alongside him at Craven Cottage.
Aldridge believes that spending in January can ease the “pressure” on those who are not in the right position, as Liverpool are left with a choice of exploring the options available to them.
The former Reds striker said that Liverpool echoKalidou Koulibaly and Dayot Upamecano have already been involved in moving to Anfield: “Joel Matip, who left the field injured in Fulham, has just proven again that we have to buy as soon as the transfer window opens because just like the little kids can don’t have a situation like we have at the moment where the only suitable middle half is actually a midfielder.
“Fabinho has done really well, there is no doubt about that, but sometimes we need him in midfield.
“He’s fantastic there as a holding player and you could say Fulham was one of those games when we missed him there.
“There’s less pressure on the back four when someone of his caliber protects from them, and I think there are definitely games when we’ve missed him in the middle of the park.
“So if the club can find the right deal it makes sense to bring on another senior defender as it will ease the pressure on both areas of the field and give us a better chance of reaching the end of this unique season on the hunt after honor. “
Liverpool’s coaching team had suggested not taking any steps towards a new central defense in 2021, showing confidence in those already on the club’s books, but another unfortunate injury setback could force their hand if another window of opportunity soars in preparation.