Liverpool Target Defender In January After Matip Injury

Femi Onasanya By Femi Onasanya - Sports Reporter
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Joel Matip‘s injury will keep him out of the Liverpool team for the remainder of the campaign, so manager Jurgen Klopp is weighing his options before the January transfer window opens in a few weeks.

In order to help with defensive cover following Joel Matip’s injury, Jurgen Klopp is thinking about calling up Rhys Williams from his Aberdeen loan.

After sustaining an ACL injury earlier this month, Liverpool star Matip has been declared out for the rest of the campaign. The recognised centre backs in Klopp’s squad are Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Ibrahim Konate, and Jarell Quansah, giving him a number of options at the back.

However, following a disastrous defensive injury crisis that plagued Liverpool in the 2020–21 season, Klopp will undoubtedly be cautious about finding himself shorthanded once more. To help lighten the load, he may now be able to bring back youngster Williams.

Williams hasn’t made the Aberdeen team in the Scottish Premiership this season, so the Mail claims that Liverpool is considering their options and may end his loan at Pittodrie.

But if Klopp thinks Williams, 22, has enough cover, he might send him back out on loan. Williams made an unexpected alliance with Nat Phillips at the centre of Liverpool’s defence when he was called upon in the 2021 campaign.

Even though Maxence Lacroix of Wolfsburg is linked to Liverpool and could fetch up to £25 million, Klopp has already downplayed the idea that his team would be inclined to sign a new defender during the January transfer window.

Although he would cost a lot more, Liverpool are also fans of Crystal Palace and England star Marc Guehi. “You always talk about transfers like it is the easiest thing in the world,” Klopp said at a press conference when asked if Liverpool would enter the transfer window to replace Matip. They’re all expensive, so the right player is needed.

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By Femi Onasanya Sports Reporter
Femi is a sport enthusiast, writer and commentator. Passionate about Sports and physical therapy with a flair for writing.