Jurgen Klopp agrees with Liverpool board on Alaba, Koulibaly and Upamecano transfer stance
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s defensive crisis has continued to worsen during the international break with the club making their stance clear on their plans for the January transfer window. Liverpool made the decision back in the summer not to replace Dejan Lovren with Klopp happy to use Fabinho as his fourth-choice centre-back.
But the Brazilian will now be expected to be called upon to play in defence on a regular basis with both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk recovering from surgery.
Van Dijk ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament last month in the Merseyside Derby against Everton.
Joel Matip was out injured at the time while Fabinho picked up a knock in the Champions League, leaving Gomez as the only senior centre-back option at Anfield for a few weeks.
The Cameroonian was able to make his return in time to face Manchester City before the international break, lining up alongside Gomez.
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However, Liverpool were dealt another hammer blow last week after it was revealed that Gomez picked up a knee injury in training with England.
Liverpool later confirmed that had undergone “successful” surgery to repair a tendon on his left knee.
But the club also added that Gomez is not expected to return until much later in the season.
The news prompted further speculation on Liverpool’s plans heading into the January transfer window.
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David Alaba, Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly have all been strongly linked with a move to Anfield to help solve Liverpool’s injury crisis.
But The Athletic report that Liverpool currently have no plans to enter the mid-season transfer window to sign a centre-back.
It is claimed that Liverpool’s recruitment team remain focused on looking at targets for next summer.
And the report adds that Klopp is supposedly in agreement with the board on their current stance.
Alaba looks increasingly likely to leave Bayern Munich after fresh negotiations over a new contract broke down with his current deal expiring next summer.
Upamecano meanwhile signed a new deal with RB Leipzig in the summer which includes a £38million release clause, but it will only be active at the end of the season.
And Koulibaly has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, although Napoli’s demands have so far proven to high for those who have made enquiries.
Liverpool will now be relying on Matip and Fabinho as their centre-back pairing moving forward while the likes of Rhys Williams, Billy Koumetio and Nat Phillips will be given chances to prove themselves.
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