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3 reasons why Liverpool shouldn't sign anyone in January

Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
04 Jan 2019, 07:30 IST

#2 Nobody that could improve them is available

A world-class creative midfielder like Christian Eriksen won't be available to Klopp in January
A world-class creative midfielder like Christian Eriksen won't be available to Klopp in January

If you had to identify one area that Liverpool could potentially improve in, you’d probably have to say that they could do with a world-class creative midfielder. They haven’t really had a player capable of unlocking a top defence since Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona last year, and while they’ve done fine without him, a player of his ilk would be like the icing on the cake for Klopp’s squad now.

But where do you find an available, world-class creative midfielder? The likely answer is that you don’t. Sure, there are plenty of them out there, but despite their current position, Liverpool just don’t have the kind of financial clout that allows them to sign whoever they like, as Real Madrid or Barcelona do. The likes of Christian Eriksen, Kevin De Bruyne and Luka Modric simply aren’t realistic targets right now.

Liverpool could perhaps make a move for someone like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but realistically a player like that is still largely unproven at the top level. Could he develop into something special? Sure, but that just wouldn’t be worth Klopp’s time, at least not in a January transfer window.

If the Reds slip up and don’t end up winning anything, then a move for someone like Milinkovic-Savic could make sense in the summer, but right now, a finished article just isn’t available on the market for a team of Liverpool’s clout. So why try to force it?

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