Danny Murphy can be ‘actually stunned’ if Liverpool don’t signal a central defender within the January switch window.
The Reds are but to do any enterprise this month, regardless of shedding defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term knee accidents.
Liverpool are on a five-match winless run within the Premier League and suffered a 3-2 FA Cup fourth spherical defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
Younger defender Rhys Williams partnered midfielder Fabinho in defence as Jurgen Klopp’s aspect struggled on the again.
Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy has conceded the Reds are ‘defensively not proper’.
He informed talkSPORT: “The small space of concern is the dearth of switch exercise once they’re so desperately in want.
“I don’t suppose you need to exit and purchase for the sake of it. When you can’t get those you need in then you definately don’t do it.
“Defensively they’re not proper, are they? That’s for positive. I do know they’re not scoring, however you can see yesterday defensively they’re not proper when [Joel] Matip isn’t there.
“So I hope for everyone’s sake they do one thing in the previous couple of days of the window, give everybody a lift after which a good consequence at Tottenham [on Thursday] can get them again on observe.
“It’s a troublesome time for them. It’s a bizarre season. There’s one factor for positive, Jurgen Klopp’s obtained loads within the financial institution. I don’t imply cash, I imply credit score.”
Requested if he anticipated Liverpool to signal a defender this month, Murphy replied: “I’d actually hope so. I’d be actually stunned if nothing occurred.”
Liverpool are fourth within the desk and face 5 of the Premier League’s high seven of their subsequent six video games.
And Murphy insists a top-four end is not going to be ok for the Reds, who’re six factors behind leaders Manchester United.
He mentioned: “I’ll nonetheless suppose he [Klopp] will likely be assured sufficient of getting high 4 with the attacking prowess they’ve obtained as a result of these gamers are high class.
“Simply because they’re having just a little dip, that [quality] will come again. I’m not fearful about goalscoring. He’ll imagine they’ll get high 4, however that’s not ok now.
“Liverpool are approach above that by way of the place they wish to be and expectations and what the followers want.
“In the event that they don’t signal a defender, how match can Matip stick with all of the video games? They’ll want [Jordan] Henderson and Matip match, in the event that they get these two match they’ll be alright.”
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Dean Ashton, in the meantime, isn’t so optimistic concerning the champions’ top-four hopes – until they delve into the market to signal a defender this month.
Talking throughout talkSPORT’s protection of Wycombe’s FA Cup conflict towards Tottenham on Monday evening, Ashton mentioned: “Abruptly Liverpool followers will likely be fearful concerning the high 4. I’m flabbergasted there hasn’t been a centre-back able to be signed on January 1 – that they haven’t sorted that out.
“Even whether it is for six months and going this participant is coming in and we nearly don’t care if we lose cash on this as we’re bringing on this participant to fill the gaps.
“You possibly can’t have your greatest holding midfield participant out of place for the season. When it comes to the way in which Liverpool play and the way in which they press, Henderson is the one which begins it.
“You possibly can’t have him taking part in centre-back for the entire season. I’m amazed they haven’t introduced gamers in and until they do I believe it’s going to be a tricky second half of the season.”