Amid all their recent struggles with defensive injuries, Steve Nicol has urged Liverpool to go all out for Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.
Liverpool’s mounting injury problems in defense means they should be considering signing a defender like Upamecano, says Nicol.
Over the past month, the Reds have lost Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold, and much recently Joe Gomez to injuries.
The duo of Van Dijk and Gomez had to undergo surgeries and are expected to remain out for the long-term.
It puts Liverpool in a situation where they might have to sign defenders. The Reds have been linked with Leipzig’s Upamecano since last summer and Steve Nicol believes they must make a move now given the circumstances of things.
Although, some feel such a move is not needed but the ex-Reds defender shares his views on why a new arrival is needed at Anfield.
Nicol told ESPN FC: “Oh my goodness, [Liverpool’s title chances] drop a good 20, 25 percent from where they were, without Van Dijk.”
“I think right now Liverpool absolutely, because of this injury, have to go out and spend a lot of money.”
“Joe Gomez, at 23 years of age, has already had two major surgeries. That means the chances of it happening again rise.”
“You’re talking about percentages of Liverpool defending [the title], you talk about percentages of a player having another bad injury.”
“So I think this forces them into it and they should go and get Upamecano.”