Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has mentioned all through January he doesn’t count on to signal a defender, however with the switch window closing on Monday and his harm disaster going from dangerous to worse, he may but be compelled right into a rethink.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have been long-term absentees, whereas makeshift centre-back Fabinho missed the 3-1 win at Spurs with a minor muscle harm.
The Reds then misplaced Joel Matip, who partnered midfielder Jordan Henderson in defence, with an ankle harm which appears like “something serious”.
So will Klopp be compelled to behave?
“If you have a centre-half available at a reasonable price, and one with the quality we need, then send me a message,” he mentioned on BT Sport.
“We thought [about making signings] and we think the whole time but it’s about doing the right thing. We need to find the right player. It’s incredible what’s happening in the defensive line.”
Nathaniel Phillips, 23, changed Matip at half-time whereas 19-year-old Rhys Williams has additionally featured for Liverpool this season.
“It’s not just about bringing a body in. Nate and Rhys have done so well,” added Klopp, who says Matip has suffered ankle ligament injury.
“The situation is unbelievably strange. We will see what we do but this tonight did not help. It looks like something serious.”
Chief soccer author Phil McNulty
For the primary time in a really very long time there have been questions round Liverpool.
A loss in north London wouldn’t have ended their ambitions to retain the title however the notion of being seven factors behind an more and more ominous-looking Manchester City, having performed a sport extra, would have offered a colossal problem.
As it was, Liverpool overcame much more central defensive harm problems to expire very comfy winners, leaving Klopp understandably overjoyed.
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Roberto Firmino put Liverpool in entrance, earlier than right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first Premier League aim of the season after which arrange Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s third.
That got here after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had pulled one again for Tottenham, who needed to substitute Harry Kane at half-time due to accidents to each ankles.
“We’ve had setback after setback, especially in the centre-back area,” mentioned Alexander-Arnold.
“Joel Matip played well and then Nathaniel Phillips in the second half – they have both done a great job which shows the quality we have around the pitch.”