Dayot Upamecano is reportedly Liverpool’s prime switch goal for the January window.
The Reds are brief in defence having misplaced Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for many of the 2020/21 season to critical knee accidents.
It leaves injury-prone defender Joel Matip because the membership’s solely senior centre-half, with over a month to go earlier than the switch window reopens.
Fabinho, who has been serving to out in defence, can be sidelined with an unspecified damage, together with right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold (calf).
The Athletic declare RB Leipzig defender Upamecano, who may depart for round £40million on the finish of the season, is Liverpool’s first-choice goal.
Liverpool had been aiming to signal the 22-year-old subsequent summer time, and it stays to be seen whether or not they may speed up their switch plans within the January window.
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Reds legend Mark Lawrenson has advised talkSPORT 2 his former membership should signal a central defender in January.
He stated: “Joe is a really, crucial participant. Clearly with Virgil van Dijk out, it will be Joe Gomez and one other.
“The factor with Joe Gomez is he’s had his operation right away they usually’re already saying he’ll miss many of the season, however that sounds to me actually that he may simply make it again in direction of the top.
“And Matip is a good participant however he’s like a willow tree; he often will get blown over and he’s not match for 2 or three weeks, so he’s one other fear.
“Among the youthful gamers have are available they usually’ve completed completely high quality, however I feel you’re taking a look at Matip, if match, with the likes of Fabinho or possibly even [Jordan] Henderson [playing in defence] at some stage.
“However I’d suppose it should drive the supervisor’s hand within the January switch window.
“He’s going to must exit and purchase any person, and it received’t be a tough dialog with the homeowners.
“They’ll realise what’s happening; the wonderful thing about them is that they’ve bought this sporting franchise in America they usually know individuals lose kind and get injured, so it’s a case of who he’s going to herald.
“We’re all going to play the sport now going into January – who’re Liverpool going to signal?”