Liverpool have made a decision not to sign a new centre-back in the January transfer window despite the injuries sustained to both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, according to reports.
The Premier League champions were dealt a huge blow last week when Gomez picked up a serious tendon injury while on international duty with England which required surgery.
Gomez had been performing excellently in the absence of Van Dijk, who damaged his ACL after a rash challenge from Everton’s Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby and is unlikely to play again this season.
Despite being without their first-choice centre-back partnership for much of the campaign, The Athletic report that Liverpool will not be rushing to bring in reinforcements when the window reopens.
The Merseysiders have been linked with a host of players, including the likes of RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Bayern Munich star David Alaba, but are prepared to hold fire for now.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is happy to keep faith in his current options and does not want to make a knee-jerk decision, with both the coach and the club’s hierarchy on the same page.
Klopp has also been impressed with the performances of youngsters Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips, who partnered Gomez in Champions League and Premier League wins respectively.
Although Liverpool are obviously disappointed to lose their starting centre-backs, they are willing to use the setback to provide an opportunity for other players to step up and stake a claim for a place in the side.
That said, if results to go downhill and that quartet fail to fill the void left by Gomez and Van Dijk, Liverpool would reassess their stance in the January window.
But for now they are not planning on making any major new additions midway through the season and all transfer planning is currently revolving around the summer window next year.