Liverpool warned over ‘panic buy’ but club’s plan is ‘easier said than done’

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Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has urged his old club not to panic buy in the January transfer window – despite their injury crisis at centre-back.

The Premier League champions have been left short of options in central defence this season, with injuries to first-choice pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez coming as a major blow to Jurgen Klopp.

Joel Matip has also struggled with fitness problems of his own throughout the campaign, meaning youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams have earned a number of unexpected senior appearances.

Klopp has even been forced to use Fabinho as a makeshift centre-half, which has actually proved a success so far.

With Van Dijk and Gomez facing a battle to play again this season, Liverpool have been tipped to dip into the January transfer market for a replacement.

RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly have been linked with moves to Anfield, while Brighton ace Ben White is also said to be on the Reds’ radar.

However, Murphy believes his former side should only bring in a player they believe can compete for a starting place when Van Dijk and Gomez are fit.

“I wouldn't be saying they should go and get cover,” the ex-Liverpool star told Stadium Astro.

“I think if they can get somebody they want, have been tracking, they really like and could potentially be a first-team player, yes try and make it happen early.

“But don't go and buy cover, they've got cover. If you're going to go and get someone it's got to be not a panic buy.

“They waited for Van Dijk for probably six months, nine months, they wanted him earlier didn't they and they waited because that was who they wanted.

“So I wouldn't go and get cover, no. If I could go and get someone I really wanted and I really thought could make an improvement to the team, I would try to make it happen in January rather than wait until the summer.

“But that's easier said than done because I imagine the type of player they're looking at will be at Champions League clubs, where they're not going to want to sell. It's a difficult one for Liverpool.

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“I'm not privy to being on the training pitch to see the quality of the younger players, how much belief Jurgen Klopp has in them, [Nat] Phillips and [Rhys] Williams, I'm not sure. So we'll have to wait and see.

“My gut feeling is that they will try and get something done in January, that's my gut feeling.”

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