Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have his hand ‘forced’ over January transfers

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be forced into spending money in the summer transfer window and bringing in a new centre-back after injuries suffered by Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk. That’s the view of Liverpool icon Mark Lawrenson.

Liverpool are facing a defensive crisis at the moment.

Van Dijk is set to miss the rest of the season through an ACL injury, having undergone surgery to repair the issue in his knee.

Things were made worse for the reigning Premier League champions when Gomez went down with a knee injury during England training earlier this week.

The centre-back suffered an injury to a tendon in his knee, and had to undergo surgery to fix the issue.

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He is now set to join Van Dijk in the treatment room, with the club confirming he will miss a large portion of the season.

With that in mind, Liverpool have been tipped to go after a new centre-back during the January transfer window in order to solve the problem.

The Reds were tipped to wait until next summer before moving for a new defender, but Lawrenson believes they’ll change their approach.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he explained that Klopp will more than likely have to talk to the owners, FSG, and urge them to sanction a move.

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Lawrenson said: “Joe is a very, very important player. Obviously with Virgil van Dijk out, it would be Joe Gomez and another.

“The thing with Joe Gomez is he’s had his operation straight away and they’re already saying he’ll miss most of the season, but that sounds to me really that he might just make it back towards the end.

“And Matip is a decent player but he’s like a willow tree; he occasionally gets blown over and he’s not fit for two or three weeks, so he’s another worry.

“Some of the younger players have come in and they’ve done absolutely fine, but I think you’re looking at Matip, if fit, with the likes of Fabinho or maybe even [Jordan] Henderson [playing in defence] at some stage.

“But I would think it will force the manager’s hand in the January transfer window.

“He’s going to have to go out and buy somebody, and it won’t be a difficult conversation with the owners.

“They’ll realise what’s going on; the great thing about them is they’ve got this sporting franchise in America and they know people lose form and get injured, so it’s a case of who he’s going to bring in.

“We’re all going to play the game now going into January – who are Liverpool going to sign?”

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