Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool must sign a central defender in January if they are to defend their Premier League title, saying he cannot see his former side topping the table without a new addition.
The Reds are going through a sticky patch, in terms of performances and results, after a 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Monday night.
This followed surprise draws with Newcastle and West Brom, meaning they have picked up just two points in the last three games, and scored only once in that time.
Carragher does not see lack of goals as a problem, though, more the chopping and changing at centre-back, since the major injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, and the ongoing fitness issues of Joel Matip.
Jordan Henderson partnered Fabinho in central defence against the Saints and Carragher does not think that is the right thing to continue doing, especially with young centre-backs Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips on the bench.
‘I think, number one, it’s imperative Liverpool sign someone in January, that’s obvious,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.
‘So if he goes back to them…how do they feel if two midfield players playing there? They’re not going to be feeling great if they go back in.
‘Jordan Henderson’s not a centre-back. He found it tough. He did okay, he did well, considering it’s not his position.’
The former Reds star has called on the club to act this month, or face losing their Premier League title.
‘Liverpool…I can’t see Liverpool winning the league if they don’t bring in a centre-back,’ said Carragher.
‘I said that in the back of Everton v Liverpool when Van Dijk was out.
‘I still think Liverpool have enough quality to go for the title, if they don’t bring someone in.
‘But I just think it’s a really tough ask if they don’t bring someone in.’
Danny Ings scored the only goal of the game at St Mary’s on Monday and Carragher believes he would have been relishing facing Henderson rather than a natural defender, something that other Premier League strikers will surely feel as well.
‘I said before the game, he’d have been delighted when the team sheet comes, and he would be!’ Carragher said.
The Premier League champions look to turn their form around on Friday with an FA Cup third round game at Aston Villa before a huge league clash with Manchester United on Sunday 17 January.