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Jamie Carragher has slammed Liverpool for not bringing in a short-term replacement for Virgil van Dijk. Van Dijk suffered knee ligament damage following Jordan Pickford’s wild challenge in the Merseyside Derby back in October.
Carragher immediately called for Liverpool to bring in temporary defensive reinforcements. However, the club refused to do so and have instead settled for a makeshift defence.
Writing in his column for The Telegraph, Carragher said: “I believe the club’s response should have been activated on October 19, the day Virgil Van Dijk’s cruciate knee operation was confirmed. Hindsight is unnecessary. I said then I did not think Liverpool could win the league unless they had a new centre-back in place on January 1.
“They needed one before Joe Gomez was injured. His and Joel Matip’s appearance record was informative of that. Frankly, it is preposterous that three months on and with the transfer window now open, Klopp felt compelled to use Jordan Henderson in the position against Manchester United.
“And although Fabinho has been outstanding, he would be more influential in midfield. It has caused a chain reaction throughout the team.”