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    Sunday, 1 November 2020

    Jurgen Klopp warned against signing a new centre-half

    Liverpool are expected to make move in the market for a new centre-half comes January

    John Hartson on Liverpool signing a new cover defender for Van Dijk.

    The Reds have been linked with a host of central defenders since Virgil van Dijk suffered a knee injury.

    Fabinho and Joel Matip are also struggling with injuries, meaning Klopp has been forced to use from the club's youth rank.

    Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips are the notable youth players who have emerged following heated injury crisis on Jurgen Klopp's back-four .

    Williams replaced Fabinho in the Champions League, while Phillips earned huge plaudits for his man of the match performance in the win over West Ham .

    And according to Sport pundit John Hartson , Liverpool must continue with the impressive cover players they already have on ground to avoid 'rocking the boat' when injured stars return fit for action.

    Hartson believe it could leave Jurgen Klopp with a surfeit of options at the back if he sign a new centre-half from the market in January .

    "When you look at Jurgen Klopp, he’s got two natural [centre-backs] coming through in Williams and Phillips," he told Stadium Astro.

    "So he doesn't want to rock the boat too much.

    "If you've got them two coming through, you’ve got Matip and also Fabinho who can play there as well as anyone else.

    "If you're playing Thiago, you wouldn't play him alongside Fabinho in defensive midfield."

    He added: "For me, you've got three or four ready-made centre-backs there to cover for van Dijk and play alongside Joe Gomez.

    "I don't think Klopp will do top dollar. I'm not sure whether he’ll pay £75m or £80m for one of the best centre-backs in the world.

    "It won't be £70m, £80m or £90m for the best because he'll believe in the players he's also got.

    "We've seen Phillips. He could come on and become and great player, so he doesn't want to rock the boat and have too many options."

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