Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp might be compelled to chalk out switch plans for January already because the Reds sweat on the scan experiences of Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara.
Each the gamers suffered accidents through the Merseyside derby conflict with Jurgen Klopp saying after the match he doesn’t be ok with the scenario of the Dutchman.
There are doubts that Van Dijk could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, and if that occurs it could come as a hammer blow to Liverpool’s title hopes.
The Reds can nonetheless cope up with out Thiago, having gained the Champions League and the Premier League title with out the Spaniard within the final two seasons, however shedding Van Dijk might be a devastating blow.
Not solely is the Dutchman the most effective centre-backs within the league, however he’s additionally a pacesetter on the again. His absence means Liverpool will not be solely in need of choices, however the opposition will fancy their possibilities extra.
Jurgen Klopp was reluctant to signal a defender regardless of offloading Dejan Lovren, as he felt Fabinho can do the job on the again if required. However with out Van Dijk, absolutely he wants to purchase a top-quality defender available in the market.
And that’s why the Reds should put together the bottom to signal Milan Skriniar in January from Inter Milan.
Skriniar was closely linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur this summer time, however Spurs failed to achieve an settlement for him.
The Evening Standard reported that Spurs held talks to signal the 25-year-old and that the Slovakian was the membership’s prime defensive goal.
The Sun claimed Spurs were willing to fork-out between £25m and £30m for Skriniar – however the Serie A giants saved a base worth of £55m.
According to Charlie Eccleshare of the Athletic, Skriniar himself was within the transfer to Spurs.
Inter Milan have to trim their wage invoice and will offload the defender on the proper worth, which suggests Liverpool can strike a deal if they will negotiate correctly. They didn’t want him in the summertime. However they may want him in winter.
Skriniar has been enjoying at a top-level for a couple of years now, and a transfer to Liverpool could be a step up in his profession.
It might be smart to put money into the north of £40-45m for a participant who’s approaching the height of his profession, and due to this fact a transfer from Skriniar makes good sense for Liverpool.
Whereas Spurs can rekindle their curiosity in Skriniar, whether or not they would really do it stays to be seen following the arrival of Joe Rodon.
Liverpool may search for choices elsewhere as effectively and unearth hidden gems which may turn into one other Michael Edwards switch masterstroke, however the Reds want a longtime high quality participant who may really fill the void of Van Dijk.
Skriniar might be one of many many choices available in the market, however they’re different defenders as effectively who might be an equally good addition. The likes of Conor Coady and Caglar Soyuncu may provide Premier League expertise, whereas Dayot Upamecano and Pau Torres might be fascinating choices for the Reds as effectively.