Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool signing a new defender in January

Liverpool’s injury crisis

After 21 league games Liverpool currently sit four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

However, after a busy Christmas period, Jurgen Klopp’s side have suffered a fair few injuries.

In particular, Liverpool’s centre-back options have drastically decreased due to their injury crisis.

Joe Gomez would suffer a lower leg fracture for Liverpool vs Burnley, which has caused him to miss their last six league games.

Joe Matip would then suffer a collarbone fracture late last year and has now missed five league games for Liverpool.

Then, against Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday, Dejan Lovren would be taken off in the first half due to a hamstring problem.

 

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Klopp on if Liverpool will sign a new centre-back

As a result, Liverpool have just one fit first-team centre-back for their upcoming game with Brighton.

Granted, Fabinho can play at centre-back as he did vs Wolves on Monday.

But it is not the Brazilian’s natural position and he would be much more useful to Liverpool in the holding midfield role.

Given their mounting injuries at the back, Jurgen Klopp was asked if Liverpool would sign a new centre-back in the January window:

“The only country that asks a question like this is England. 

“Everything is sorted with buying players. We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.

“We need them back but you cannot buy a fifth centre-half and say, ‘So you play two weeks and after that the others come in’”.

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