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Jurgen Klopp must buy a defender in January, says Jamie Redknapp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must bring in defensive cover when the transfer window reopens in January after Joe Gomez joined Virgil van Dijk on the club's lengthening injury list, says Jamie Redknapp.
Gomez, 23, underwent successful surgery on Thursday after sustaining a serious knee injury during England training the previous day, with Liverpool hopeful he will be able to play some football again towards the end of this season.
However, with Van Dijk having also picked up a long-term injury knee against Everton in October, Liverpool can now call upon on just one experienced central defender in Joel Matip, who himself only returned from injury in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Man City.
Klopp can utilise the likes of Nathaniel Phillips, Rhys Williams and Sepp van den Berg, but that trio are all short of experience, while Fabinho - who had been used by the German as a makeshift central defender in Van Dijk's absence - is also currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.

The question now will be what Liverpool may look to do in the winter transfer window, which opens on January 2, but while Redknapp thinks it will not be easy to sign a quality defender then, he has still urged Klopp to strengthen in the new year

"It's a difficult one," the former Liverpool captain told the Pitch to Post podcast. "I've heard people say that they've got to go out and get a really big signing because Virgil is going to be injured, but if he goes through the right rehab to get fit, he's not going to be too far away from coming back in maybe March or April time as a guess. Normally it's six or seven months, he's an incredibly fit guy and he'll be a good healer.

"It's a difficult one," the former Liverpool captain told the Pitch to Post podcast. "I've heard people say that they've got to go out and get a really big signing because Virgil is going to be injured, but if he goes through the right rehab to get fit, he's not going to be too far away from coming back in maybe March or April time as a guess. Normally it's six or seven months, he's an incredibly fit guy and he'll be a good healer.

"You don't want to bring in someone for the sake of it for £40m or £50m because you know you've got someone coming back really quickly. But if you've lost Gomez as well, you're certainly looking to get into the market and try and bring in someone in January or as quickly as you can, be it a loan, be it a signing - but it's not going to be easy to get players in.

Your hands are tied to a certain extent because straight away, everyone knows you're desperate so the prices are going to get inflated. Liverpool have worked the market so well, they've not always bought the big stars, they've made them stars. Virgil may be the opposite, they paid £75m for him but what his fee now would be, maybe three times as much as that because he's such an incredible player.

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