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Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara just became even more important

Virgil van Dijk could miss the entirety of the rest of the season. Can you sum up how big a blow that is for Liverpool, and for the player himself?

The absence of Virgil Van Dijk would be apparent in any team and his influence on the club since his arrival cannot be underestimated. The statistics speak for themselves with the Dutchman rarely missing a minute for the Reds.

Van Dijk is 29 and to get an injury as damaging as an ACL during the prime of his career is an immense blow to him as a player and for the club. Losing potentially a year of his career is devastating news, and with the injury being an ACL it can be a long road to get back to the player he was prior to the injury.

Despite this, the injury blow provides the opportunity for Joe Gomez to really prove his worth at the heart of the defence. If Joel Matip can avoid another season plagued with injuries then he could form a solid partnership at the back with Gomez, as the pair boast defensive qualities that should complement each other well on paper.

What is the solution for Jurgen Klopp? He could look to the transfer market, but he can’t do that until January…

Klopp has no choice but to rely on the defensive trio of Gomez, Matip and Fabinho, with youngsters including Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio providing emergency backup. However, in reality, it would ideally be too soon for either in England’s top-flight.

Gomez and Matip both have a history of picking up knocks here and there, and with the latter only just recovering from another spell on the sidelines you have to assume the next best option is slotting Fabinho into the back four – a position he has proved capable in already this season against Chelsea.

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Upon the breaking news of Van Dijk’s potentially season-ending injury, the name Dayot Upamecano has cropped up again and with a reported €42m release clause active next summer he could provide short term and long-term answers for Liverpool.

To clinch his signature in January Liverpool would likely have to offer higher than his summer release clause. But it’s all speculation at this point.

Alisson Becker is making good progress, at least. What have you made of Adrian of late and how vital is it to have the main man back?

The memories from an incredible Super Cup performance from Liverpool’s back-up goalkeeper could not seem further away. The Spaniard is facing his toughest spell yet at Anfield and having shipped seven goals to Aston Villa, his confidence must be at rock bottom despite not being the main cause for defeat on the day.

It is no secret that his relationship with the fans has deteriorated since the highs of that day in Istanbul and several shaky displays between the sticks have not helped, but until Alisson’s return fans should support him.

We all know of the quality Alisson possesses and his return will somewhat reassure a changed centre back pairing, as they know they will have a safe pair of hands behind them.

Thiago Alcantara has been impressing, which is not exactly a surprise. He’ll probably miss Ajax through a slight injury, but how much has he transformed the midfield?

Thiago Alcantara has added a new dimension to the Liverpool midfield, but you don’t exactly have to be an expert to see that. His passing is arguably the best in world football and that was showcased once again against Everton, particularly in the dying embers of the game where his reverse pass to Sadio Mane led to Liverpool’s late disallowed goal.

 

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As a result of Van Dijk’s injury, it looks as if Fabinho will occupy the centre half position more than he had expected this season, which makes the acquisition of Thiago all the more important as he is a quality midfield option that can play as a central midfielder or as the deepest lying midfielder.

His dominant cameo on his Premier League debut against Chelsea, on top of his impressive Everton display, shows that unlike many other Klopp signings in the past he is ready from the get-go. Liverpool will hope his injury sustained after a horrific Richarlison tackle will only keep him out of Wednesday’s Champions League game and will not mean a prolonged period on the sidelines.

What did you make of the overall performance against Everton? It was off the back of a 7-2 defeat, of course…

On the back of such a demoralising, heavy defeat you always worry about the reaction of the squad. However, this squad is built on mentality and those worries of a repeat display were soon gone after Mane’s early tiebreaker.

Performance-wise it was the reaction all Liverpool supporters wanted to see, but to be completely honest, as a fan it is difficult to be optimistic despite a strong display due to the nature of several baffling decisions which resulted in yet another Goodison draw.

Liverpool face Ajax on Wednesday night in the Champions League. What are you expecting from the Dutch side?

Ajax have a rich history in the competition having won the Champions League on four occasions. Their immense run in the 2018/19 season, the year Liverpool clinched number six, proves that they should never be underestimated.

However, since then they have lost a number of crucial players including the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and most recently Donny van de Beek to Manchester United.

They still have a number of top-class players but would surely struggle to emulate that run in 2018/19, and I see them jostling with Atalanta for that second spot in Group D.

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Any other business?

A deadline day move for Harvey Elliott will have gone under the radar for many Liverpool fans and I for one am immensely excited to monitor his development at Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

The move seems ideal for all parties and with Liverpool having been knocked out of the League Cup by Arsenal, his opportunities would likely be limited to the early stages of the FA Cup.

The chance to play first-team football week-in-week-out in a physical league such as England’s second tier will hopefully give him the platform to develop and prove his worth to Klopp who is already a confident believer in his ability.

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