Liverpool stand little chance of signing Kalidou Koulibaly or Dayot Upamecano in the January transfer window and should steer clear of centre-half additions altogether, says John Barnes.
With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all spending time on the treatment table, Jurgen Klopp has found himself down to the bare bones.
Fabinho, Rhys Williams, Nat Phillips and Jordan Henderson have all filled in at times, but a more proven performer was expected to be sought at the next opportunity.
Various targets have been mooted for the Premier League champions, but none of them will come cheap.
Barnes cannot see Napoli allowing Koulibaly to move on, despite incessant links to teams in England, while RB Leipzig will want Upamecano to be involved in their ongoing Champions League campaign.
With there few other players out there that could tick all of the boxes for Klopp, the Liverpool boss has been urged to resist the urge to spend for the sake of it.
Reds legend Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “If they can get better than what they have,yesthey should buyanothercentre-back.But ifthey can’t get better,there’s no point inbuying for the sake of buying.
“Themajority ofcentre-backsyou would wantare normallyplaying attop teams in the ChampionsLeagueandmay not be available.
“So,it’s not a question oflooking to buy anybody,because heKlopphas faith in the youngstersthat he’s played.
“Ifthey can get somebody who they feel will improve them,that is obviously a priority,but not just for the sake of it.
“Koulibaly– he’s not coming. It would be great if we could have him, butit depends on who you can get.
“RB Leipzigare stillin the Champions League andwill beplaying against Liverpool soUpamecano isnotgoing tocome.It would be great to have him, orKoulibalyand other players, but you haveto be realistic about who you can actually get.
“I don’t know anybody out there who is going to be a stopgap– andrealistically isn’t going to be a great player. So, Klopp will have to have faith in the squad.”
Source : goal.com