Injuries might have hit Liverpool hard this term but Jamie Redknapp still believes they should not be forced to buy players out of ‘panic’.
In a sad turn of events, it’s been injury upon injury in the Liverpool camp this term. The latest from the Reds camp is Joe Gomez joining fellow defensive names Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk on the treatment table.
Andy Robertson is the only member of the reigning champions’ back-four not to have suffered an injury this term.
Ahead of the January window, there are already talks that Liverpool could be forced to dip their hands into the transfer market.
The Reds have already been linked with a move for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak. In a similar fashion, Kalidou Koulibaly and Dayot Upamecano are names that the Merseyside club have flirted around in the past.
Despite how depleted injuries have left the Liverpool squad, Jamie Redknapp says Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to ‘splash the cash’ on a new center-back.
The former Reds midfielder told Sky Sports: “It’s a difficult one. I’ve heard people say that they’ve got to go out and get a really big signing because Virgil is going to be injured, but if he goes through the right rehab to get fit, he’s not going to be too far away from coming back in maybe March or April time as a guess. Normally it’s six or seven months, he’s an incredibly fit guy and he’ll be a good healer.”
“You don’t want to bring in someone for the sake of it for £40m or £50m because you know you’ve got someone coming back really quickly. But if you’ve lost Gomez as well, you’re certainly looking to get into the market and try and bring in someone in January or as quickly as you can, be it a loan, be it a signing – but it’s not going to be easy to get players in.”
“Your hands are tied to a certain extent because straight away, everyone knows you’re desperate so the prices are going to get inflated. Liverpool have worked the market so well, they’ve not always bought the big stars, they’ve made them stars. Virgil may be the opposite, they paid £75m for him but what his fee now would be, maybe three times as much as that because he’s such an incredible player.”
“Defenders are at a premium because there’s not many good ones around that can play like Virgil, that can defend like Joe Gomez, who is still a young man. I really hope it’s weeks rather than months but I don’t like the rumours that are coming out of the squad.”
Redknapp won’t be the first to share the opinion that Liverpool don’t need a new centre-half come January.