Paul Merson warned Liverpool on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday programme (02/01/20 at 2:45 pm) that they ‘cannot go out’ and buy another centre-back.
Liverpool have Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out as long-term absentees, whilst Joel Matip continues to suffer with his own injury problems.
And whilst rumours circulate this month that Liverpool could dip into the market for another centre-back.
Merson, who was looking at the long-term picture, thinks Liverpool cannot buy another centre-back because he would prove to be expensive, the youngsters would suffer and he will only end up being ‘fifth choice’.
“You cannot go out and buy someone,” said Merson. “If you got out and buy someone then you are talking £30 million.
“Liverpool aren’t going out to buy someone for £2 million. The thing is the wages. You come into Liverpool and then your agent wants you on £100k-a-week.
“Now, you are probably paying £100k-a-week for someone who is probably fifth choice. Fifth choice! It’s business as well. It’s not just a football club. You cannot throw money away like that when you have kids who are coming through. They wouldn’t be at Liverpool if they couldn’t play.”
Whilst Liverpool have still conceded goals this season, especially on their travels, they have done pretty well to be sitting top of the tree in the New Year.
Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have been the youngsters who have been picked by Jurgen Klopp, but alongside Fabinho, can the German trust those three to do the business?
It remains to be seen how long Van Dijk and Gomez will be absent for, but with Matip’s injury record, he might not be trusted to keep himself out of the treatment room for the business end of the campaign.