Liverpool are heading into a mega clash this weekend against Manchester United with an air of uncertainty hanging over the back four.
When Kolo Toure was stretchered off during the League Cup tie against Notts County, Brendan Rodgers’ mind would have started to tick over thinking about how he would patch up the back four.
Toure’s groin injury is a delicate one and considering how successful he’s been in his role since moving from Manchester City, Rodgers is unlikely to risk him again until he’s fully fit.
Liverpool’s squad has been improved dramatically this summer in an attacking sense but they are starting to look a little stretched at the back, which is a problem if another man goes down.
Rodgers won’t want to be looking at the chance of doing a lot of business this Monday because deadline day is always a bit of a lottery with clubs jacking up prices and creating hurdles at the final moment.
It’s also important Liverpool get some defensive cover in before the weekend because if they can pull that off, they will have another good back four option for the match against United which they will need.
Their chances of signing a defender before the weekend are a little difficult to gauge because there are so many rumours flying around as the transfer window heads towards a close.
Several reports have suggested that the club are already in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a possible deal for Mamadou Sakho, a player who has been mentioned in Liverpool circles for most of the summer.
Liverpool have already had an £8 million offer rejected with PSG holding out for a £12 million fee.
As PSG have no reason or desire to sell the defender, they have no need to budge on the price and haggling over a fee takes time, time that Liverpool don’t have and time that PSG will know Liverpool don’t have.
However, if Liverpool pay that top end fee then things could fall into place very quickly in terms of a personal package for Sakho and a medical.
There is always the chance that the club could use their scouting network around Europe to snap up a young defender who could be thrown in at the deep end for a few games until Toure recovers.
However, that angle is one which relies on a number of things going in the club’s favour. Firstly, the network has to produce a name which hasn’t already drawn the interest of half a dozen clubs.
Secondly, that player has to be fit and he has to be available plus the Anfield club need to make an offer which is accepted straight away, which is impossible because no club ever puts the price they are willing to pay on the table as a first offer.
There is a slim chance Liverpool could make a defensive signing before the weekend, it will be a far better chance if they go for a loan deal somewhere but if they are working on deals then the Skrtel and Agger partnership could be revitalised for the United clash.
Can Liverpool make a defensive signing before the weekend?
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