Should Liverpool chase after Milan Skriniar in January? – originally published on Sportslens.com
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may already be forced to work out transfer plans for January as the Reds sweat on the scan reports by Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara.
Both players suffered injuries in the derby clash in Merseyside. Jürgen Klopp said he did not feel good about the Dutchman's situation after the game.
There are doubts that
Van Dijk could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury and if that happens it would be a hammer blow to Liverpool's title hopes.
The Reds can still do without Thiago after winning the Champions League and Premier League titles without the Spaniard for the past two seasons, but Van Dijk's loss could be a devastating blow.
The Dutchman is not only one of the best central defenders in the league, but also a leader in the back. Not only are there a lack of options in Liverpool due to his absence, but the opponents will be better able to assess their chances.
Jürgen Klopp hesitated to sign a defense attorney, although he had discharged Dejan Lovren, as he was of the opinion that Fabinho could take over the task in the background if necessary. But without Van Dijk, he certainly has to buy a high profile defender in the market.
And so the Reds must prepare the ground for the signing of Milan Skriniar in January from Inter Milan.
Skriniar was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur that summer, but Spurs was unable to reach an agreement for him.
The Evening Standard reported that Spurs had talks to sign the 25-year-old and that the Slovak was the head of the club's defensive target.
The Sun claimed Spurs were ready to knock out between £ 25 and 30 million for Skriniar – but the Series A giants held a base price of £ 55 million.
According to Charlie Eccleshare of Athletic Skriniar himself was interested in the move to Spurs.
Inter Milan need to cut their wage bills and could unload the defender at the right price meaning Liverpool can strike a deal if negotiated right. They didn't need him in the summer. But they could use him in winter.
Skriniar has been playing at the highest level for a number of years and a move to Liverpool would be a step in his career.
It would be wise to invest in The North of £ 40-45million for a player nearing the peak of his career and therefore a move from Skriniar makes perfect sense for Liverpool.
While Spurs can rekindle their interest in Skriniar, it remains an open question whether they would actually do so after seeing Joe Rodon arrive.
Liverpool could look elsewhere for options and uncover hidden gems that could turn out to be yet another Michael Edwards transfer masterpiece, but the Reds need an established quality player who can actually meet the requirements without Van Dijk.
Skriniar might be one of the many options out there, but they are other defenders who could be an equally smart addition. Conor Coady and Caglar Soyuncu could offer experience in the Premier League while Dayot Upamecano and Pau Torres could also be interesting options for the Reds.