Liverpool currently have a number of players struggling with injuries, and defenders Virgil van Dyke and Eo Gomez are out for a long time.
Despite the injuries, their results on the field were not seriously affected, with the “reds” being second in the Premier League with a goal difference, they lost only once.
They also secured a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with an important 1-0 victory over Ajax on Tuesday.
However, with the January transfer window approaching, Jurgen Klopp’s men are surprisingly linked with a number of potential defensive recruits.
Let’s see what the latest transfer rumors in Liverpool say about that.
The Reds called for Coulibaly to be signed in January
With Van Dijk and Gomez out of action for the foreseeable future, Liverpool legend John Barnes believes the Reds should sign Calidu Coulibaly in January, telling BonusCodeBets: “If Coulibaly comes, he is a player who can play alongside Van Dijk when he returns.
“So it would be easy to talk to Coulibaly to join Liverpool, unlike some other top players because he is a person who, if he came, would go straight into the first team and play every game.
“Apart from Coulibaly, I don’t think there is anyone there that Liverpool would like to get in January. If Liverpool are not able to get someone to improve the first team, then why sign a new player?
“January is not always the best time to buy because all the best players you want to join your team will still be in the Champions League, so it is difficult to convince them to come if they are not playing every week.
“If Liverpool are desperate and need someone, they will attract them.”
Garage offers as a short-term solution
Former Real Madrid defender Ezekiel Garay has been offered to Liverpool as a potential stoppage time solution to injury problems, according to Spanish source Sport.
The 34-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Valencia when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in February.
The report also claims that Liverpool could face competition from Barcelona, with Ronald Koeman’s team facing its own defense problems.
He was forced to play the young Oscar Mingueza in their last two games, with Clement Langlett the only fit senior full-back for their recent win over Osasuna in the league.
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It was an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s boys.
They started the title defense uncertainly, as they scored a thriller with three goals against Leeds, before receiving seven in the hammer from Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dyke’s season ended in injury with a 2-2 draw away to Everton, leaving the title favorites looking far less secure in the back – especially with concerns about Alison’s injury.
But there is no slowing down in what will be a tough campaign – with Klopp ensuring that his men continue at full speed as they strive for greater title glory.
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Liverpool to withdraw from the deal with Mendes
Liverpool could withdraw from the transfer of Sporting Lisbon left back Nuno Mendes, claims the Portuguese edition A Bola.
Sporting are trying to persuade Mendes to sign a new contract that includes a much larger release clause.
The current clause is said to be 45 million euros (40.5 million pounds) and Liverpool would not be willing to pay more than that price to bring Mendes to Anfield.
As a result, negotiations over a new contract are “backward”, and Liverpool’s interest makes things difficult for Sporting.