‘Matip injury means Liverpool have to spend’ – Klopp urged Aldridge to land in mid-January

The former Reds striker believes “another senior defender” should be acquired in 2021, allowing pressure from Fabinho

The sight of Joel Matip joining Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in the medical room means Liverpool must sign “another senior defender” in January, says John Aldridge.

The Reds have endured a miserable run of misfortune over the injuries prior to this season.

Having lost their preferred mid-half pairing to knee problems, the reigning Premier League champions saw Matip forced away at halftime in a 1-1 draw at Fulham.

The hope is that he won’t be sidelined for long, but Jurgen Klopp is quickly running out of options.

Versatile Brazilian international Fabinho has already been asked to perform from behind, with fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson stepping in alongside him at Craven Cottage.

Aldridge believes “pressure” on those playing out of position can be alleviated by spending in January, with Liverpool left with little choice but to explore the available options.

The former Reds striker told the Liverpool Echoo, with people like Kalidou Koulibaly and Dayot Upamecano already linked with moves to Anfield: “Joel Matip injured at Fulham has just proved again that we have to buy after the transfer window opens because, just like the young guys did you can’t have a situation like we at present, where the only suitable central half is actually a midfielder.

“Fabinho has done brilliantly, no doubt about it, but there are times when we need him in midfield.

“He’s amazing there as a player and you could tell Fulham was one of those games when we missed him there.

“There’s less pressure on the back four when you have someone of his caliber protecting in front of them and I think there are definitely games when we missed him in the middle of the park.

“So it makes sense if the club will be able to find the right deal, insert another senior defender, as it will remove the pressure on both fields and give us a better chance of getting the business end of this unique season in the honor hunt.”

The Liverpool coaching team has suggested no moves for a new midfielder will be made in 2021, with confidence shown in those already in the club’s books, but another unfortunate injury setback may force their hand as another occasion prepares to swing open.