Joel Matip was not included in Liverpool’s squad for their recent FA Cup clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Journalist James Pearce stated on Twitter that Liverpool were managing Matip’s fitness as he has just returned from an injury.
Also, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both out injured at the moment. That ultimately meant that not one senior centre-back was in Liverpool’s squad for the clash against the Red Devils.
Youngster Rhys Williams and midfielder Fabinho started in the heart of Liverpool’s defence on the night.
Some Liverpool supporters responded to Pearce’s tweet. The responses below highlight how unhappy some of the Liverpool supporters are. They want to see the club sign a centre-back this month.
How embarrassing. Having to rest the only CB we have vs our biggest rivals. Tinpot club mentality. Sign a CB ffs
— TheNormalOne (@JurgenSaysRelax) January 24, 2021
— Jones (@mjones1507) January 24, 2021
I don't understand why we haven't signed an experienced centr half even if on loan. Absolute madness, the balance of the team is all over the place.
— Kevin Ratcliffe (@The_Kevster) January 24, 2021
— DictatorVerratti🇮🇹🇦🇷🇺🇦 (@DictatorVerrati) January 24, 2021
For how long will this continue..No Van Dijk,Gomez and we have to be managing Matip too because of fitness issues..Guess I should save my breath since nothing is going to change in the transfer market.
— Ante Ba. (@AnteBaKd) January 24, 2021
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
We agree with the aforementioned responses. Liverpool need to buy a centre-back before the window closes at the end of January.
The reality is, Williams is only 19 years of age. The centre-back has only made 12 senior appearances for Liverpool. Williams is still learning about the game, which means that he would be better off playing for one of Liverpool’s academy teams.
With that being the case, the club can’t be relying on him until the end of the season.
Despite being a midfielder, Fabinho has been decent as a centre-half this season. For the 2020-21 campaign, the Brazilian is averaging a WhoScored player rating of 6.98.
We would like to see the club purchase a centre-back this month so Williams is ultimately not Klopp’s third-choice central defender.
The Reds have dropped points in 10 Premier League fixtures this season, and we are only just beyond the halfway point of the season.
In the entire 2019-20 Premier League season, Liverpool only dropped points in six games.
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