Peter Crouch says Liverpool MUST buy a centre-back in January as they ‘cannot rely on young lads and a midfielder’ for Premier League winning defence… with Joel Matip now out for at least three weeks with an adductor issue
- Liverpool are without long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez
- Jurgen Klopp also confirmed Joel Matip also miss the next three weeks
- Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have been filling in at the back for the Reds
- Peter Crouch and Steve McManaman have both called for a defensive signing
Peter Crouch has urged Liverpool to sign a centre-back next month because they cannot rely on their current younger options in the position.
The Reds are without first choice pair Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez after both suffered serious knee injuries earlier on in the season, while boss Jurgen Klopp has also confirmed Joel Matip will miss the next three weeks with an adductor injury.
Sportsmail stated on Tuesday that as things stand, the club have no intention of looking to bring someone in on-loan to provide cover as they are adamant that Rhys Williams, 19, and Nat Phillips, 23, have the quality to take on more responsibility.
Peter Crouch has urged former club Liverpool to sign a centre-back next month
The Reds are without first choice pair and long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez
But speaking to Amazon Prime after the Anfield side’s goalless draw at Newcastle in their final match of 2020, Crouch insisted the Reds cannot rely on the youngsters and also advocated a move for a midfielder.
‘I think getting a centre-half in in January is key,’ Crouch said.
‘I think they have been looking at it, I think they have identified people, behind the scenes they will be working on it.
‘They cannot rely on the young lads and a midfielder at centre-half.’
Jurgen Klopp has also confirmed Joel Matip will miss the next three weeks through injury
And Crouch has urged Klopp not to rely on youth and sign targets they have identified
Fellow former Liverpool star Steve McManaman also believes recruiting a defender is ‘pivotal’ for the Premier League champions, with the bench beginning to look stronger at St James’ Park with the return of midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
‘Liverpool have brought in good players [in the past], it is whether they can address that situation defensively,’ McManaman said.
‘Thiago is back, when you looked at the bench tonight you thought ‘they are nearly getting to full strength’, they just need that pivotal position.
‘If they can bring somebody in in January, I think Liverpool fans will be very, very happy.
‘They are starting to get their strength back right bang in the middle of the season which is probably the most important time.’
Rhys Williams (right) has filled in at centre-back but Crouch insists they cannot rely on youth
Steve McManaman also claimed that signing a defender in January would be ‘pivotal’ for them