“Matip’s injury means Liverpool have to spend” – Klopp was urged by Aldridge to land in midfield in January

Former Reds striker believes “another senior defender” should be acquired in 2021, allowing Fabinho to be pressured

Seeing Joel Matip with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in the treatment room means Liverpool have to sign “another senior defender” in January, says John Aldridge.

The Reds have suffered a lot of mishaps on the injury front this season.

After already losing their first choice in the central half with knee problems, the reigning Premier League champions saw Matip forced to break at a 1-1 draw at Fulham.

The hope is that he will not be removed for a long time, but Jurgen Klopp quickly runs out of options.

The versatile Brazilian international, Fabinho, has already been asked to complete the back, with his teammate Jordan Henderson joining him at Craven Cottage.

Aldridge believes that the “pressure” on those who are playing from the position can be eased by spending in January, leaving Liverpool with few options but to explore the available options.

The former Reds striker said for Liverpool Echo, such as Kalidou Koulibaly and Dayot Upamecano already linked to the move to Anfield: “Joel Matip, who left injured for Fulham, has just shown again that we have to buy once the transfer window opens, because, like young children, we don’t you can have a situation like the one we have right now where the only right central half is actually a midfielder.

“Fabinho has succeeded brilliantly, there is no doubt, but there are times when we need him in the middle of the field.

“He is fantastic there as a starting player and you could say that Fulham was one of those games when we missed him there.

“There is less pressure on the back of the four when you have someone of his caliber who protects in front of them and I think there are definitely games when we missed him in the middle of the park.

“So it makes sense, if the club can find the right deal, to bring in another senior defender, because it will remove the pressure in both areas of the pitch and give us a better chance of getting the business end of this unique season still looking honors. “

Liverpool’s coaching staff had suggested there would be no move for a new central half in 2021, with faith shown in what is already in the club’s books, but another unfortunate setback could force their hand as another window prepares. of opportunity. to open.