Virgil van Dijk’s cruciate ligament injury could see Premier League champions Liverpool without their best defender until the spring. It raises questions about whether Jurgen Klopp’s side are capable of retaining the title.
Jamie Carragher shares those concerns and believes that the loss of the Dutchman should be the catalyst for his former club to bring forward their plans to add a new defender.
“Liverpool’s next big signing had to be a centre-back anyway and I am talking next summer,”
Carragher told Monday Night Football.
“Dejan Lovren went and they didn’t replace him so they only have three centre-backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured.
“There are question marks now about Joe Gomez.
“So there is no doubt that Liverpool had to go big in the transfer market next summer. That was the next one. That has now got to be brought forward to January 1st, whoever the target was in the summer. Not the end of January. Not [wasting time that month] negotiating with a club.”