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Liverpool are expected to add a new center-back before the winter transfer window closes following the long-term injuries of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Joel Matip has also struggled to stay in shape consistently and is currently injured, with coach Jurgen Klopp using Fabinho as his only available senior central defender option.
The duo of Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips have replaced the injured trio, but they remain deficient given their relative inexperience, and Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes his former team must sign another central defender before the end of January to be able to. boost your chances of retaining the title.
As a result, Liverpool have been linked to a couple of options, including Lille center-back Sven Botman.
The Reds have reportedly contacted the 20-year-old’s agent about a possible move in the coming days, but The Athletic’s James Pearce has poured cold water on such reports.
According to the journalist, there are no talks on a deal for the Dutchman and Liverpool are not considering a move for him.
There are no talks about a deal for Sven Botman. Liverpool is not considering a move for him. It seems that someone is trying to increase the price / interest in the Lille defender. #LFC
– James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) January 3, 2021
It appears his agent is looking to raise fees and interest on the Lille star, and ties to Liverpool could have helped with that as suitors emerge.
He has also been linked to Manchester United, and it appears cash-strapped Lille will be looking to cash in on him before the January transfer window ends.
Whether Liverpool will sign a new defender this month remains to be seen, but a Botman move has been ruled out and it will be interesting to see who arrives.