Liverpool have the right to deflect January transfer tax on defenders


“They are not prone to impulsive reactions and do not plan to deviate from this path even if the results deteriorate.When you read sentences like that – this time of Athletic – you wonder why every club can’t be fueled by such wacky ideas as sticking to long term plans and not flipping with every result or injury into the transfer market. Loyalty aside, surely everyone wants their club to be run like Liverpool.

Obviously, it helps if you already have a world-class manager and an amazing team of players, but it’s not like these two things happened by accident or in isolation. Since Jurgen Klopp arrived five years ago, Liverpool have not made a single costly mistake. There is no kicking player in the Liverpool squad who is worth much less than what was paid for his services. There is no Mesut Ozil. No Phil Jones. Liverpool’s only player on this list cost £ 1.3m.

So when you read this Liverpool have no plans to move for a center-half in January despite losing two to long-term injury, you raise your eyebrows, then nod. Of course, they won’t. They’ll know exactly which positions – and in some cases, which players exactly – they’ll strengthen with every summer transfer window over the next two or three years and those plans won’t change due to a pair of injuries that could seem devastating from the done outside. There will be solutions but they will be internal solutions.

Liverpool know that any defender they could sign in January will be ridiculously expensive – every club will sense their desperation and see their purses inflated from all over Europe – or a short-term fix that doesn’t deserve a place in that defense. It’s been almost five years since Steven Caulker and it won’t happen again in 2021 or as long as Klopp and the transfer committee remain fully in tune with each other and the rest of the football club.

And he looks at club football beyond the 25-man Premier League squad that is key here. There’s no point spending millions to bring players through your academy if you don’t trust anyone who will come out of it in crisis. Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio have all been coached by Liverpool coaches in the Liverpool style and it is only fair that Liverpool trust them above a short term external solution. If nothing else, their price tags will have been inflated by first-team appearances; If he was still in charge of Bournemouth, Eddie Howe would already be planning a £ 20million bid for Phillips.

Liverpool may also remember that by far the most disastrous defensive performance of the season came with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez as the central defensive duo. They have conceded just five goals in seven games since that humble 7-2 loss to Aston Villa, using six center halves along the way. None have dishonored themselves and one of them will likely be back this weekend with Fabinho set to team up with Joel Matip in a lineup that really doesn’t look too shabby despite all the posts. social media panic and Liverpool’s injury crisis with NINE first-team stars. headlines. With Thiago also back in training, injury-ravaged Liverpool could still field an XI of full internationals.

“There will be a little bit of him who enjoys this test and he will be excited for it,” Klopp said. ancient avant-garde legend Adam Lallana when Fabinho succumbed to an injury last month. And what could be nicer than keeping the Premier League title without two of your senior center-halfs? Why, retain the Premier League title without two of your senior center-halfs and not resort to an expensive foray into the January tax transfer market, of course.

Sarah Winterburn


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