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“I’d be surprised” – James Pearce provides gloomy verdict on Liverpool’s defensive situation

Football journalist James Pearce

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James Pearce has given his verdict on Liverpool’s injury crises. The Reds got themselves over the line last night as they defeated West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield. Pablo Fornals’ first-half opener was cancelled out by a Mohamed Salah penalty before a late winner by substitute Diogo Jota.

Nathaniel Phillips was forced to replace Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Fabinho who are all sidelined. Klopp would be open to using Andy Robertson or Jordan Henderson in that position if it’s required (cited by Goal), but he chose to play Phillips.

Replying to a fan on The Athletic’s Q&A session after the full-time whistle, Pearce was not convinced that a short-term option.

“I’d be surprised if LFC went for a short term option”, he said. “The reality is they need another CB anyway. It’s not like they just need one until VVD is back fit.”

Pearce did not go into detail as to whether The Reds would be investing during the winter window, with the Premier League champions having been linked with the likes of RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

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