If Liverpool’s Joël Matip and Fabinho can stay fit, Liverpool will probably be fine.
If they can’t, then the knock-on effects of playing a pair of midfielders at centre half have been on display for much of the past month as the Reds have drawn three and lost two in the league.
With that poor run, Liverpool have dropped from first to fifth and now find themselves in a tight race to make the Champions League places
It seems a dangerous gamble, then, to stick with just the one senior centre half and the midfielder who, at this point, can probably be said to have proven himself capable at the position.
Despite that, manager Jürgen Klopp reiterated that fans shouldn’t expect new signings.
“I would not say absolutely 100% no,” Klopp said when asked about potential new signings before quickly adding, “but I don’t expect anything to happen, to be honest.”
Reports claiming Liverpool had contacted the out of contract Sokratis but not offered him a contract, giving the appearance at least that they were trying to keep him on the market while working on other deals, briefly raised hopes.
If Klopp is to be taken at face value, though, there may not be any deal to sign a new centre half in the works, or at least not one at an advanced stage.
Still, as long as the transfer window remains open—and it’s open until 11PM GMT on the 1st of February—and even if the chances of a new signing are extremely low, the manager is at least not 100% saying nothing will happen.