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Gary Neville makes Liverpool transfer prediction for January after Virgil van Dijk injury

Gary Neville has made a prediction on how Liverpool will deal with Virgil van Dijk’s injury in the January transfer window.

The Reds have been left without their star defender this season after picking up an ACL tear in the Merseyside derby.

It has seen Jurgen Klopp experiment with centre-back team-mates to Joe Gomez that include Fabinho, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

But some have suggested that the Reds will dip into the transfer market in January, with Kalidou Koulibaly identified as a target.

And Neville, who won eight Premier League titles at Old Trafford, believes the scenario requires emergency funds.

Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast , the former United defender said: “Liverpool, I thought the signings of Thiago [Alcantara] and [Diogo] Jota were clever.

Gary Neville has made a Liverpool transfer prediction for January as they consolidate Virgil van Dijk’s injury

“They supplemented what they already had.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if in a few weeks time they deal with that issue with Van Dijk and bring in a centre-back just to get through, even if it’s on loan or a more permanent solution.

“I think Jurgen Klopp will be nervous because they will be more exposed. I’m looking forward to seeing Manchester City vs Liverpool next Sunday.

The Reds are expected to be without the Dutchman for most of the season following his ACL tear
The Reds are expected to be without the Dutchman for most of the season following his ACL tear

“That will be a real test and give us a good guide as to where Manchester City are this season and where Liverpool are without Van Dijk.”

Neville did suggest, though, that the Reds’ current form shows they can find wins without the Dutchman.

“Liverpool, at this moment in time, have an ability to play below their best,” he added.

“We know why. The blow of Van Dijk’s injury must be huge.

But Neville believes they will bring in a centre-back 'just to get through', being linked with Kalidou Koulibaly
But Neville believes they will bring in a centre-back ‘just to get through’, being linked with Kalidou Koulibaly

“I played in seasons with Manchester United where [Eric] Cantona was taken off for the kung-fu kick and Roy Keane got injured at Leeds away and other seasons where you miss big players.

“The impact it has on the dressing room is something that’s significant. But, Liverpool find a way to win when they’re not at their best.

“That’s what champions teams do and they’re champions at this moment in time for a reason.”

But other pundits have suggested the Red should not “rock the boat” by bringing in a “top dollar” defender.

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