Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been sent a transfer warning by former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp. Klopp is currently in a defensive crisis with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk sidelined by serious injuries, meaning he may have to delve into the market in January.
Liverpool have been told not to splash out on a big-name defender to rectify their issues at centre-back.
With Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk out of action through injury, the Reds are massively short at the back.
Names including David Alaba and Dayot Upamecano have been linked as potential replacements.
But Redknapp insists that bringing in a world-class centre-back might end up causing more issues than it solves in the long run.
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Instead, Redknapp reckons the Reds should look to the loan market or keep it cheap as Van Dijk and Gomez may be back sooner than expected, though he knows that may be unlikely in Gomez’s case.
“It’s a difficult one,” he told Sky Sports. “I’ve heard people say that they’ve got to go out and get a really big signing because Virgil is going to be injured, but if he goes through the right rehab to get fit, he’s not going to be too far away from coming back in maybe March or April time as a guess.
“Normally it’s six or seven months, he’s an incredibly fit guy and he’ll be a good healer.
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“You don’t want to bring in someone for the sake of it for £40m or £50m because you know you’ve got someone coming back really quickly. But if you’ve lost Gomez as well, you’re certainly looking to get into the market and try and bring in someone in January or as quickly as you can, be it a loan, be it a signing – but it’s not going to be easy to get players in.
“Your hands are tied to a certain extent because straight away, everyone knows you’re desperate so the prices are going to get inflated.
“Liverpool have worked the market so well, they’ve not always bought the big stars, they’ve made them stars.
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“Virgil may be the opposite, they paid £75m for him but what his fee now would be, maybe three times as much as that because he’s such an incredible player.
“Defenders are at a premium because there’s not many good ones around that can play like Virgil, that can defend like Joe Gomez, who is still a young man.
“I really hope it’s weeks rather than months but I don’t like the rumours that are coming out of the squad.”
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