Date: 25th January 2021 at 7:30pm
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Journalist Matt Davies-Adams has claimed Liverpool’s loss against Manchester United may push Jurgen Klopp to ask FSG to sign a centre-back.

After both players suffered serious knee injuries, the Reds have been without central defensive duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for several months.

Furthermore, Cameroonian centre-back Joel Matip has also been struggling with fitness issues to compound Klopp’s problems in defence.

Due to these injury issues, Liverpool’s German manager was forced to play Fabinho and 19-year-old Rhys Williams as his centre-back pairing in the 3-2 loss against the Red Devils (per WhoScored).

During the latest episode of The Totally Football Show, Davies-Adams claimed that the defeat in Manchester may push Klopp to ask for a central defender. (5:44)

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Initially, Daniel Storey said: “I think this game showed for the first time that maybe Fabinho as a centre-back is not necessarily a long-term option.

“He’s been excellent there, he’s stepped in so well that we’ve not really noticed him but you did notice him here, I think, a couple of times and his lack of protection in midfield.”

Davies-Adams then continued: “I felt like nearly everybody came out of this game as a winner and, to a certain extent, even Jurgen Klopp.

“He’s out of a competition that he clearly doesn’t hold in that high regard but he’s seen some shoots of recovery from his players.

“What Daniel’s saying about Fabinho kind of underscores his case to go to Fenway and say, ‘Hey, maybe we should sign some defenders in the next couple of weeks because we really don’t have any left’.”

TIF Thoughts on what Matt Davies-Adams said about Jurgen Klopp…

As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believes that the game may have persuaded Klopp that he needs to find an alternative to playing Fabinho in defence.

Do you think the loss against Man United will have swayed Jurgen Klopp?

No, will make no difference

No, will make no difference

Yes, will make a difference

Yes, will make a difference

However, prior to the game against the Red Devils, the German manager claimed he “cannot spend the money” this month (as per Sky Sports).

So, perhaps that suggests that he does wish to sign players but the club is not in a position to do so.

If Davies-Adams is correct, though, and Klopp will be keen to sign a centre-back following the defeat against Manchester United, only time will tell.