World news – John Aldridge: Manchester City will have to lose in the Premier League but Liverpool have 48 hours to save their season







An ankle ligament injury from Joel Matip means Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp does not have suitable central defenders (Peter Powell / PA).

The clock is ticking for Liverpool as they only have 48 hours to save their season .

That may sound like a dramatic opening, but the reality is that Jürgen Klopp cannot keep his hopes for success this season alive if a defender – and the right defender – is not signed before tomorrow’s transfer date.

Back in November I stated in my columns that Liverpool had to have a center-back who was ready to play on January 1st. The events of the past few weeks confirm that I was right in this assessment.

At that time Klopp produced small miracles when a team refused the services of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez and did their best to fill holes in their defense The use of Fabinho in the center-back worked well and captain Jordan Henderson also did his best when he fell back from midfield to play on the defensive. However, winning a title without a proven defender has always been an impossible task.

Klopp tried to bring Rhys Williams up to speed by giving him some playing time, but the boy isn’t ready for first-team football , and the desperate loss of form that included losses to Southampton and Burnley could have ended Liverpool’s title defense.

The Premier League title is now down for Manchester City, but Liverpool’s impressive win at Tottenham on Thursday evening confirms, that they can get back on their feet this season and save if the right decisions are made before tomorrow’s 11 p.m. transfer date.

Winning at Spurs came at a cost when Joel Matip sustained another injury. As tough as that sounds, Liverpool may have to deviate from him now.

He’s a decent defender and if he’s fit he’s been a great player in recent years, but his body is easily able to withstand the rigors of the Premier League not withstand.

Liverpool need defenders who can play three games a week if necessary and Matip has now confirmed that he cannot meet that need.

I’m sure Liverpool will try next summer will sign a defender to be either first or second choice partner for Van Dijk when he is fully fit again.

This debate is for another day as the problem is now visible to all. Klopp goes into tonight’s game at West Ham without a suitable central defender (and not even the injured Fabinho to replace) against a team that will go over Liverpool if they win today.

It’s far from ideal Situation and it will be difficult to find a solution.


Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp had more headaches in the central defender after injuries to Joel Matip and Fabinho (Adam Davy / PA).

As Klopp said in his press conference on Friday, he would not be for a few seasons this month World-class defenders, and first on that list is finances.

Some Liverpool fans have turned against the club’s owners for not being ready to sign a defender this month and for assisting a manager who brought the Premier League title back to Anfield for the first time in three decades.

While I sympathize with their views and understand the frustrations, we are all looking at this situation without all the facts at our disposal. </ Liverpool has lost tens of millions of pounds in this global pandemic and it was clear the owners weren't looking to spend money on a defender this month.

W e don’t know how tight Anfield is on bank balance at the moment and the fact that Gini Wijnaldum hasn’t signed a new long-term deal and some other players are still waiting to sign new ones suggests it isn’t too much gives in the cat.

However, Matip’s injury on top of Van Dijk and Gomez’s absences means the owners only need to find one way to attract a defender, even if he’s on loan.

There comes the second part of that problem: who is available in the last 48 hours of a mid-season transfer window?

The truth is that the players Liverpool might get now are not who they would be under normal circumstances would have urged. However, this is a sporting emergency that urgently needs to be addressed.

Klopp could find a way to win tonight’s game at West Ham and they should be good enough to beat Brighton at Anfield on Wednesday night.

I feel that Manchester City are too far ahead at the top of the Premier League now and won’t let that happen, which means the Champions League is Liverpool’s best hope for success.

They could beat the round of 16 RB Leipzig survive, but if they played Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals and didn’t have a central defender, the game would be over.

There are suggestions that Van Dijk could make a comeback in the last few weeks of the season, and the goal must be to make sure that Liverpool still has something to play in this case.

A top 4 result is a must for Liverpool but I’m afraid that if they can’t find a defender that is far from safe, that’s for sure before A With the deadline it can make a difference.

So this is really the moment for Liverpool’s transfer decision-makers to work out the signature to give Klopp the chance to get through the final months of this season.

What we got from Liverpool in Seeing Tottenham was a side emerging from their slump and looking like they were ready to relight the burners.

All that hope will be erased if a center-back is not signed in the shortest possible time and the Liverpool fans do Hold your breath to see what happens next.


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