3 defenders Liverpool should look at during the January transfer window – originally published on Sportslens.com
Liverpool are currently in an injury crisis and Jurgen Klopp may need to dive into the transfer market If that Window will reopen in January.
The Reds have recently lost three of their four main defenders and have only one matching center-back in Joel Matip.
Virgil van Dijk was sidelined for the season ACL against Everton after an injury. Joe Gomez sustained a knee injury while serving in international service and the 23-year-old is expected to miss most of the season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to miss the next four weeks with a calf injury he sustained against Manchester City.
Liverpool have to rely on Matip, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams to keep them going through January. While there is the option of using certain midfielders as center-backs, it is not the ideal option and a defensive signing should be a top priority for the Reds.
Here at Sportslens we're looking at three defenders the Reds should consider signing up for January.
The Slovak is very important throughout Europe, but is currently not a key player for Antonio Contes Inter Milan. Skriniar has so far struggled to fit into Conte's three-defender system.
He was heavily linked to a departure from the Italian team during the summer transfer window and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly interested in him. 19659003] Skriniar has world class potential and could become a quality player under Klopp's management. The German has worked wonders with Gomez, Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson since taking office in Liverpool and was also able to improve Skriniar.
The 25 year old is an excellent passerby from the depths and he is a good reader of the game. On top of that, he's still young to a defender and has yet to peak.
It could prove to be a smart investment for Liverpool.
The 21 year old The old defender of RB Leipzig would be a good match for Liverpool, especially in the absence of van Dijk.
The Reds recently fought without the Dutchman's air presence on the back, and Konate is a colossus like Van Dijk. He's excellent in the air and reads the game well.
At 21 there is a lot to do and Klopp could help him reach his potential.
The Croatian defender has been under scrutiny so far, but has the potential to develop into a high-profile player in the future.
The 24-year-old is an exceptional passerby and could replace van Dijk's distribution and fit in from behind for a long time. He's excellent in the air too and could be a fantastic addition to Klopp's defensive unit.