It was inevitable, really. Liverpool have a very obvious area of weakness right now at centre back. The window’s open. Everyone’s gonna link us with centre backs.
But not so fast.
That’s the view, at least, of Melissa Reddy at The Independent. Reddy tends to be one of if not the most reliable connected journalist when it comes to the Reds.
“It is completely understandable that the club do not want to rush decisions or panic buy this month in a deviation from the principles that have driven their success”, Reddy explains.
“Liverpool’s situation dictates that a centre-back being brought in during this window should be able to slot straight into the starting line-up given the absence of training time to adjust to Klopp’s demands and build chemistry.
That is a hard box to tick before adding it criteria like availability, affordability and plausibility. As an example, Ben White, who has been admired for a while, would be incredibly hard to secure now.”
Consider this as close as we’ll get to a club PR statement. Unless something really surprising happens and a really high quality player suddenly comes onto the market, it’s not happening. We’re sticking with what we’ve got. I’m not particularly happy about this, but it is what it is.