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Do Liverpool need to strengthen?

With the transfer window half way complete, the Reds have yet to enter the fray of any potential signings. Jurgen Klopp's men have been grinding out results with extraordinary effect since the departures of Mohammed Salah and Wataru Endo to their respective international tournaments.

Liverpool currently have seven first-team members of the squad injured with the likes of Trent Alexander Arnold and Dominik Szoboszlai side-lined till the end of the month. The Merseyside Reds have dug deep thus far in January. Joe Gomez has been an excellent deputy at left back while Andrew Robertson and Kostas Tsmikas await a return from their shoulder injuries.

The Scotsman has been absent since October in a Euro 2024 qualifying game against Spain where he came off with a dislocated shoulder in a 2-0 loss. The Scotsman has been ever present for Jurgen Klopp and his absence has been brilliantly deputised by Joe Gomez.

However, as the injuries keep piling up and with Liverpool still competing on all fronts, it could be the right time for the Reds to dip into the transfer market. With Joel Matip out for the rest of the season and Ibrahima Konate's injury record, it could be the perfect time for Jurgen Klopp to poach a top young centre back to help them keep competing.

Connor Bradley and Joe Gomez have been excellent in recent weeks and with Liverpool's flying fullbacks coming back at the end of the month, we could see the Reds look to bring in some defensive reinforcement. One name that has been rumoured is Benfica starlet Antonio Silva. The 20-year old has impressed for Benfica in the league and the Champions League and has an excellent ball playing ability with a 91.7% pass completion rate thus far this season.

The Portuguese international has been on the lips of top European clubs and has been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and PSG as of late according to GiveMeSport. Not only does he posses great ball playing ability, he also has great pace and ball recovery with 6.48 ball recoveries per 90.

The 20 year old is definitely on Liverpool's radar but whether the Reds will pursue a move is looking less likely with Jurgen Klopp admitting that centre backs are hard to come by "They all cost money, it must be the right player. Can you tell me a club which wants to sell a top, top centre-back? Not [any] centre-back, a top centre-back because he has to play for Liverpool. So why should we start that process?".

Liverpool's options in the forward line are staggering with Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, Harvey Elliot, and Cody Gakpo all deputising Mohammed Salah whilst the Egyptian is away on international duty. The midfield has been totally revolutionised since the previous window and additions in the engine room look very unlikely with Jurgen Klopp happy with his current crop of players.

Therefore, it would make sense for the Reds to seize the opportunity and buy a ready-made centre half that could be the difference in a title-chasing season. The addition could also help them in the domestic cups as well as their UEFA Europa League campaign should they choose to try for European silverware.

Liverpool need to strengthen whilst on top, a mistake which has previously hindered them in seasons gone by and can be the difference in such title races as we are witnessing in this Premier League campaign.

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