FSG and Liverpool are about to take one transfer gamble too many – Liverpool Echo

There are just seven days before Manchester United come to Anfield.

It is a mammoth clash for Liverpool and one that could have a huge impact on how the top of the Premier League table looks at the business end of the season.

The champions have a chance to put out a real statement of intent and begin to gain back some control in the top flight against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s high-flying outfit.

Now, seven days in football is a long time – especially when the transfer winow is open – and the Reds must use it to act quickly to bring in a senior centre-back and solve their crisis in the heart of defence before one of their greatest rivals come to town.

Yes, the market might be difficult.

Yes, the world is grappling with a pandemic the likes of which have never been seen in modern times.

Yes, the Reds finances might not be in quite as muh rude health as they once were.

But to undo all of the hard work Klopp has undertaken over five years at Liverpool, lifting his Anfield giants from being nearly men to champions of everything, for the sake of not fast-forwarding their summer transfer plans for one player seems foolish and a gamble barely worth taking.

There is little reason to question the German manager, sporting director Michael Edwards and his incredibly talented transfer team – but it doesn’t really take a genius to see that the Premier League champions need a senior figure in the heart of their backline.

For too long, Liverpool’s defence was their achilles heel and it is not hard to argue that the most important position on the pitch is at centre-back.

Just look at the way Virgil van Dijk totally transformed the Reds’ defence after arriving in January 2018, helping those around him before Liverpool claimed the most highly-prized silverware in world football.

Teams with the best defences are teams that win trophies.

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That has consistently been the case throughout footballing history when you think of the great sides in days gone by from Anfield and afar.

Right now Liverpool’s makeshift defence, despite not conceding many goals, is not inspiring the team with confidence – it has been plain to see, particularly in matches away from home so far this term.

Star man Fabinho has filled in superbly alongside the realtively inexperienced Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips or his fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson in the heart of the back line, due to all of the Reds’ senior options at centre-half in Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip being out injured.

But Fabinho, and Henderson for that matter, operate at a world-class level in the centre of the park and their talents are being missed when they are asked to play further back.

Of course, Klopp had to make do with the hand he was dealt after injuries struck but now the January transfer window is open it doesn’t have to be like that.

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The Reds are in an incredibly strong position right now, in terms of being defending champions of England and among the favourites to reclaim their title while also competing for European glory again too under the steady well-run hand of FSG.

Challenging for those trophies, is a prospect every player in world football dreams of and playing under a manager like Klopp, with a team and setup like the one at Anfield, is no doubt a huge lure for so many.

To use that standing, seems like a no-brainer and it’s time for Edwards and Klopp to dive into their shortlist of players at centre-back and bring someone in quickly to get them integrated before United in order to secure Liverpool’s position at the top of the table going forward.

We know the talented Ben White at Brighton has been tracked extensively, while previously the versatile Lloyd Kelly at Bournemouth has been looked at. More senior David Alaba from Bayern Munich has been linked alongside RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.

It is unclear whether the Reds hold any interest in the latter of those but in regards to the former, sure they might cost a bit more given that teams know what position the Reds are in and conditions will have to suit all parties, but if Liverpool are serious about retaining their title and competing in the Champions League a transfer will be key – particularly when you think about White being an extremely talented 23-year-old.

And, the rewards come May will be far greater than any initial outlay for a more experienced and possibly even long-term solution anyway.