Phil Thompson discusses potential Liverpool FC January signings

The Liverpool FC legend admits the Reds need some defensive signings given their injury crisis at the back

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (Photo: The Sport Review)

Phil Thompson believes Liverpool FC are facing quite a big issue in defence – but the Reds legend is unsure whether Jurgen Klopp will look to strengthen in the January transfer window.

The Reds were 4-3 winners against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

James Milner was used in a right-back role after Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered an injury and Nathaniel Clyne completed a loan move to Bournemouth.

Liverpool FC are without Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren due to injury to leave Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk as Klopp’s only fit centre-halves.

Fabinho has filled in at centre-half when Klopp has been lightweight on options in the middle of defence but the Brazilian suffered an injury during the seven-goal thriller.

Milner was sent off in the final 10 minutes of Liverpool FC’s 4-3 win to leave Klopp with a defensive crisis ahead of their next Premier League clash against Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday 30 January.

Former Liverpool FC captain Thompson admitted the Reds might struggle to identify a quality defensive signing in the January transfer window.

“I think the defender issue is quite big. We have more injuries all at once there than any other position,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“Joel Matip is now fit, Trent-Alexander Arnold will only miss three games I think and Joe Gomez is only a few weeks away, I believe.

“James Milner has already proven he can play right back. Fabinho was a full-back in Monaco and can play centre-back too – although he now has his own injury problem.”

Thompson continued: “It’s very difficult because you get so comfortable being in our position in the Premier League. If you go into Spurs’ scenario where you start the same 11/12 and if someone comes in, they will find it hard to break into the team.

“Unless it is someone that you could say will be a starter, which is when I would go into transfer market, but at this moment in time Jurgen Klopp won’t be looking at that. He will be looking at the people who can destabilise the squad, rather than enhance it.

“It’s happened to teams before. If it goes wrong, people use that as a stick to hit you with, not adding when you are in a position of strength.”

Liverpool FC are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and four points ahead of defending champions Manchester City after 23 games.

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