Liverpool are not planning any replacement for Virgil Van Dijk.
Liverpool have undergone a severe injury crisis this season. At a point in time, almost all of their starting players in defense were out injured. Despite that, Liverpool have decided to trust their academy rather than being forced into signing new options. Pep Lijnders has suggested that the Premier League champions will continue to show faith in home-grown talent, rather than spend on the market as we understand through Goal.
Two of the Reds’ defensive mainstays in Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, have been ruled out with long-term injuries. Both of them have been recommended surgeries and look to resume action before the season ends. But the recovery process in itself is quite time consuming, and to regain perfect match fitness, some more time.
The fans have been asking for a signing to stabilize their season as they look a lot shakier than last season. Usually, from a colossal defense that locks out the opposition attacks, they have gone on to lose a game as large as 2-7 to Aston Villa this season. Many have suggested that Liverpool should be looking to snap up the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly or Dayot Upamecano when the next window opens.
“These moments where you lose a top, top player automatically creates a big chance for a young player, because we invest a lot of time and we have a big commitment to them to be part of our squad.
“What I’m trying to say is: I feel really the best back-up plan is the academy. If the academy is right and there’s a fluid process between the academy and the first team, the best back-up plan is always young players because they never let you down – never, never.” said Lijnders.
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