Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could possibly be pressured to chalk out switch plans for January already because the Reds sweat on the scan reviews of Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara.
Each the gamers suffered accidents in the course of the Merseyside derby conflict with Jurgen Klopp saying after the match he doesn’t be ok with the state of affairs 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 will 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 could possibly be a devastating blow.
Not solely is the Dutchman the most effective centre-backs within the league, however he’s additionally a frontrunner on the again. His absence means Liverpool should not 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 out there.
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 succeed in 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 high defensive goal.
The Sun claimed Spurs were willing to fork-out between £25m and £30m for Skriniar – however the Serie A giants stored a base worth of £55m.
According to Charlie Eccleshare of the Athletic, Skriniar himself was within the transfer to Spurs.
Inter Milan must trim their wage invoice and will offload the defender on the proper worth, which implies Liverpool can strike a deal if they’ll negotiate correctly. They didn’t want him in the summertime. However they might want him in winter.
Skriniar has been taking part in at a top-level for a number of years now, and a transfer to Liverpool can be a step up in his profession.
It will be sensible to put money into the north of £40-45m for a participant who’s approaching the height of his profession, and subsequently a transfer from Skriniar makes good sense for Liverpool.
Whereas Spurs can rekindle their curiosity in Skriniar, whether or not they would truly do it stays to be seen following the arrival of Joe Rodon.
Liverpool might search for choices elsewhere as nicely and unearth hidden gems which might transform one other Michael Edwards switch masterstroke, however the Reds want a longtime high quality participant who might truly fill the void of Van Dijk.
Skriniar could possibly be one of many many choices out there, however they’re different defenders as nicely who could possibly be an equally sensible addition. The likes of Conor Coady and Caglar Soyuncu might supply Premier League expertise, whereas Dayot Upamecano and Pau Torres could possibly be attention-grabbing choices for the Reds as nicely.