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3 Things Liverpool Fc has to address January Transfer Window 2021

Just less than 10 days remains for the January Transfer Window 2021 to open. However, Liverpool Fc does to need to spend a lot despite the unprecedented mounting injury crisis.

The upcoming Transfer Window is more suited for the Clubs that just needs to fine tune their squad by bringing the required Players to either:

  • Improve the Squad
  • Step in for the injured Players
  • Replace the Players that may leave during the upcoming Winter Transfer Window

Also, given the current economic climate and the uncertainties due to the ongoing COVID-19, most clubs generally would prefer to buy players who are in the Final Year of their contract with the current club that they are playing for.

Moreover; Liverpool Fc (The Reds) in all likelihood will need to work again with a limited Budget as the complexities of COVID-19 had hit greatly on the Club’s revenues.

So, there might even be a likelihood that the Reds will need to sell a Player deemed surplus to the Club’s requirements before buying any Players. The following are 3 things Liverpool Fc has to address during the January Transfer Window 2021.

 

  • Find a suitable player to fill in for the vacant Fourth Centre Back position: Both Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are out injured for an indeterminate period as the Duo are recovering from their knee injuries. As such, Joël Matip remains the only fit Senior Centre Back in the squad.

Dejan Lovren was the Club’s Fourth Centre Back and after the Croatian was sold to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, the Reds took the gamble by not bringing in a suitable defender to replace Lovren. In the absence of the injured defensive Duo, the Reds utilised Fabinho as a Makeshift Centre Back as well as lined up players from the Reds Youth Academy Players like Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams.

Matip has been frequently been ruled out due to various injuries. Due to the hectic schedule with less rest time, Fabinho also sustained an leg injury around October and was sidelined for nearly a month. As such, it is imperative that the Reds do need a 4th Centre Back.

Besides, bringing in a proven Centre Back can alleviate the burden on Fabinho, Matip and the Reds Academy Players. 2 Proven Quality Players capable of playing as Centre Back that are linked with the Reds are: David Alaba and Dayot Upamecano.

 

  • Cash in by selling Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri: The arrival of Diogo Jota had spelled the end for Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri. The Goal Scoring Prowess of Jota has further cemented his place in the squad.

Origi’s recent lacklustre performances has only proven his incompatibility to play for the current Reds. The young Belgian is only 25 years old but he may be well suited to play for other Clubs that can offer him regular football and suits more to his style of football.

Shaqiri’s career has been derailed with untimely injuries and inconsistent performances. The commitment from the Swiss International has always been second to none. Yet, Shaqiri is already in prime and would want to play more frequently which the Reds are unable to offer.

Therefore, it would make perfect sense that the Reds would need to sell both Shaqiri and Origi to raise some much needed cash to bring in a reliable Centre Back.

 

  • Resolve the future of Georginio Wijnaldum: Polarised by many Reds Fans, Georginio Wijnaldum is still one of the key Players for Jürgen Klopp. Talks of a contract extension to prolong his stay with the Reds has never materialised.

Wijnaldum is already 30 and only 6 months remains in his contract. This means that the Dutchman is free to talk to any Clubs and can leave the club on a Free Transfer from July 2021.

Regardless of Wijnaldum’s contractual situation; the emergence of Naby Keïta, the Reds Youth Academy Player Curtis Jones and imminent return of Thiago Alcântara has put the competition for the attacking midfield and central midfield positions even more fiercer.

So, selling Wijnaldum for a cut-price rather than letting him to go for nothing would make the logical sense for everyone connected the Club.

 

Verdict: Armed with only a limited Transfer Budget, Klopp and FSG had done a commendable job in bringing quality recruits during the Summer Transfer Window 2020.

Also, it would not be a surprise if Klopp resists the temptation to work with the existing options or gives the green signal to the Reds Recruitment Team to bring in the much needed reliable Centre Back.

Besides the Reds cannot afford to depend on playing inexperienced youngsters or injury-prone players on the long run.

Matches can be won or lost in just a matter of few minutes.

 

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