Liverpool ‘s activity in the January transfer window looks set be relatively quiet, but attention is slowly shifting towards the summer.
The Reds are in the thick of a multiple-team Premier League title race this season, and while they are generally free-scoring in attack, their defence has let them down on more than one occasion.
It is a problem that manager Jurgen Klopp is well aware of, and to that end, Paul Joyce of the Times has claimed that two areas of the backline – namely at centre-back and left-back – will be addressed as he looks to balance the side out and make it a more effective unit on the whole pitch.
In the centre, Mamadou Sakho is almost certain to leave Anfield be it in January or the summer, and with Lucas Leiva also set to move on at the end of the season, that would leave Klopp two defenders short.
Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip have built the foundations of a decent partnership in the brief time they have worked together, and Liverpool have high hopes for fit-again Joe Gomez with Ragnar Klavan providing able backup, but four senior central defenders is lower than the required standard – especially with a likely return to European football next season.
On the left, meanwhile, James Milner has had a tremendous impact in a role he had to retrain for, but Albert Moreno is likely to leave at the end of the season in search of first-team football. Given the fact that the Spaniard is the only other senior left-back at the club, strengthening in that area will also be necessary in the summer.
The report did not mention the right-back position, but one would infer that Klopp is happy with Nathaniel Clyne and teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold for that berth.
Liverpool had been linked with a number of attacking players in this transfer window, such as Quincy Promes and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Klopp’s insistence that the club will not be buying for the sake of it means that unless he finds the right fit then it will be another quiet January at Anfield.