Liverpool’s loss to Manchester United and a longer injury list will not affect their transfer plans as Jurgen Klopp’s side are not yet expected to enter the market for a new midfielder.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher argued after Liverpool’s 2-1 loss, which left them five points behind champions Manchester City and without a win this season, that the Reds need reinforcements in midfield.
“Jurgen Klopp is not a fool,” the former Liverpool defender said. “He knows when you look at his first-choice midfield of Thiago, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, it’s a really good midfield, but they’re all over 30. That’s not ideal for any team, certainly when you want to play as intense as Liverpool. Yes.
“They have a lot of numbers there. Milner can get in there, and there’s Keita and Curtis Jones, but if you’re talking real top quality, Liverpool need a midfielder.”
Liverpool also have a lengthening injury list. Klopp confirmed after the loss to Manchester United that midfielder Naby Keita faces another spell on the sidelines after suffering a setback before the match at Old Trafford.
Alongside Keita, Klopp was without Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the trip to Man Utd, and left Fabinho on the bench when Harvey Elliot was brought in with Jordan Henderson and James Milner. Klopp was also without Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and the suspended Darwin Nunez, but the absences do not make Liverpool more likely to enter the transfer market.
Liverpool are undeterred by their long-term transfer strategy despite their worst start to a season in a decade.
The club is known for being proactive rather than reactive in the market, only signing players it believes to be of good quality and value, and that is not expected to change.
With little more than a week to go, Liverpool are understood to feel that those on the market are either not good enough or too expensive.
Therefore, they are more interested in getting their group of injured players back into top form.
Nunez is this summer’s standout addition, while youngsters Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsey have also arrived at Anfield.
“Liverpool needs a midfielder, but they shouldn’t panic”
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:
“Not in terms of numbers in the squad or building up the squad, Liverpool need someone to come in and play, and that player that they feel is not available now.”
“I would stick with what Liverpool do, where they don’t panic and don’t do things because they have to go find someone.
“Klopp is no fool. He knows when you look at his first-choice midfield of Thiago, Fabinho and Henderson, he’s a really good midfield, but they’re all in their 30s. That’s not ideal for any team, certainly when you want to play as intense as Liverpool do.
“They have a lot of numbers there. Milner can get in there, and there’s Keita and Curtis Jones, but if you’re talking about real top quality, Liverpool need a midfielder.
“If he was available now, Liverpool would buy him, but obviously they have something lined up for next summer.
“That’s what Liverpool have notoriously done. They did it to Virgil van Dijk. They did it to him when they couldn’t get him and didn’t go buy another centre-back. So Klopp will think that’s the plan.” , this is how we do things. It has been successful and we will do the same again.
“However, there is no doubt that Liverpool need more in midfield. The midfield is the most striking part of that team that really stands out and cannot take on Man City when you see the quality they have.”
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