Joel Matip’s severe knee injury may cause Liverpool to move more quickly to recruit a replacement centre-back.
Goncalo Inacio, Lucas Beraldo, Piero Hincapie, and Arthur Theate were among the players who had been scouted in earlier months, and the Reds had already decided to add another centre defender next summer.
However, given that Matip’s contract expires in June, his recent ACL injury may cause him to miss the remainder of the season and maybe his whole Liverpool career. This may compel the club to reconsider their approach to signing new players and their target list, as they know that the players at the top of their centre-back wish list are unlikely to be available in the middle of the season.
TBIS is aware that Liverpool believes a deal for Jonathan Tah, the centre defender for Bayer Leverkusen, might be completed in January. If a deal were to succeed, it is anticipated that the Germany international would be able to easily fit into the team as needed.
Liverpool’s first goal in January had been to sign a midfield player, and Andre from Fluminense was a target. It’s still unclear if they will be able to afford to sign two players. Though left-back Andrew Robertson has been out with a major shoulder injury, Joe Gomez has been forced to play out of position in recent weeks. Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, and Jarell Quansah are all healthy and ready to play in central defence for Jurgen Klopp.
Due to their lack of players and relative vulnerability, Liverpool’s hopes of winning the Premier League title are likely to suffer from yet another defensive player injury setback.
Following their victory over Sheffield United on Wednesday, Liverpool is currently second in the Premier League standings, two points behind leaders Arsenal and ahead of champions Manchester City by four.