The defensive crisis Liverpool face worsened on Thursday as Fabinho missed their win due to a muscle issue before Joel Matip limped off at half-time.
As a result, that leaves no senior centre backs to travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham.
So far already this season Liverpool have field 16, yes sixteen, different centre-back pairings.
To emphasise the crisis, the Jordan Henderson and Fabinho pairing has played 214 minutes more than Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
The two makeshift centre-halves have played 225 minutes, just 75 less than Joe Gomez and van Dijk.
To make that clearer, the last time the Dutch and English pairing last played together was in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Arsenal… in October.
With the Reds two towering defensive partners sidelined till the end of the season, the aforementioned changes and risks had to be made.
However, after yesterday’s 3-1 win over Spurs, it is now abundantly clear to the owners, like it wasn’t ever crystal clear, that Liverpool need to sign someone before Monday.
Who should Liverpool sign?
The LFC TR writers were asked who they think Liverpool should sign and why, this is who they came up with.
Do you agree?
The likelihood of FSG splashing the cash on the likes of Upamecano or Konate is slim and if we sign a player it’ll most probably be on the cheap.
We are probably looking at (as a guess) £15m? Again though, if FSG aren’t willing to part with their cash then Jurgen Klopp’s former CB, Neven Subotic is unattached and could bring him in on a free after he left Denizlispor earlier this month.
Either way… sign a CB!
By Ritchie Slack (@Slack_9)
Priyasha – (@lfcpriya11)
Sven Botman, in my opinion, would be quite perfect. The 21-year-old has just about enough to be our emergency signing in defecse. Standing at 6’4″, aerially dominant and great at tackling, Botman seems incredibly matured for his age. He is already a starting defender in a Lille side who boast the 2nd best defence in Ligue 1.
Botman is left-footed as well (all of our CBs are right footed), and would slot in perfectly in our defence.
With van Dijk returning at the end of this season, he will only become better by playing alongside his international captain.
£20-30million for the young Dutchman might turn out to be an absolute bargain.
José Diaz Navarro (@cheduardo99)
It’s been a constant theme for Reds fans to speak about the necessity of signing a center-half after long-term injuries took out Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Neven Subotic could be the hero that no Liverpool fan ever considered, but I could bet that every single Red would probably take him at the club in this moment of crisis.
Since he’s available on a free, this would be quite a cheap option that could join the club sooner than a regular transfer.
Klopp knows him very well from their time at Dortmund and Mainz, where both the player and the manager spent 8 years together between both clubs.
The 32-year-old Serbian international has a wealth of experience and is in his prime years.
Being a cheap option and one that Klopp knows a lot about, Subotic could be the perfect short-term fix for Liverpool’s defense.
Will Morley – @whmorlers
The German’s time at Arsenal looks to be coming to an end after nearly five years in the capital. He provides valuable Premier League experience, a winning mentality and pace befitting Liverpool’s high backline.
However, he is also prone to injury and the occasional mistake.
This is a bit of a curve ball but Nikola Maksimovic.
He’s the one I’d go for if I was the transfer committee. He fits the criterion for the Reds.
He is under 30 and we know all about him from our growing rivalry with SSC Napoli over recent years.
Not just this but he is out of favour in Naples playing just eight games this season, added to the fact he’s out of contract in the summer, we could get him at a cut price of his reported £13million price tag.
His physicality can’t be overlooked and could fit into our playing style. He could rub off on the Bolton Baresi, Nat Phillips.