Liverpool have £40m ‘in the tank’ to spend on new signings after Jurgen Klopp hint
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Liverpool reportedly have the funds available to bring someone in the January transfer window but there are concerns about going into the market to sign a centre-back. Jurgen Klopp has been without both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk for most of the season with Fabinho dropping back into defence as cover.
Joel Matip has continued to have fitness problems as well with the Cameroonian currently unavailable until the end of the month.
It’s meant Klopp has had to rely on young players such as Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips, while Jordan Henderson was also deployed alongside Fabinho against Southampton on Monday.
The Liverpool boss has used a total of 10 different centre-back pairings halfway through the season.
The injury crisis has led to speculation about whether or not Liverpool will utilise the January transfer window to bring in extra cover.
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And Klopp refused to rule out any possible incomings this month, although he did claim it’s extremely unlikely.
“I can’t say definitely we won’t be bringing [a centre-back] in but it’s just not likely,” he said.
“If world was in a normal place everything would be fine and with three centre backs injured would we do something, yes definitely. But we are not in that situation.
“I don’t know if something will happen or not. It would be a short-term solution and that is not right, it doesn’t help really.”
A number of players have been linked with moves to Anfield in recent weeks with David Alaba, Ben White and Ozan Kabak among those said to be on Liverpool’s wishlist.
The latter two wouldn’t come cheap in January, but finance guru Kieran Maguire claims Liverpool have around £40million available should the right player become available.
“The thing is, a £40m signing isn’t £40m upfront because the way that all deals are negotiated these days is that you will pay the figure over three of four years,” he told Football Insider.
“So from a cash flow point of view, they have the resources. They spent moderately last summer so there is something in the tank should they need to dip into the market.
“Their concern is what happens if you sign, say, Ben White for £30m or £40m and then Van Dijk and Gomez come back? How is that going to work with three players fighting over two positions?
“So I think they might take the view of keeping their powder dry until the summer and then assess things there.
“It’s not a case of not being able to pay, but I think they want to assess their options and it will take them a longer amount of time to do so.”
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