The centre-back will likely be lacking for a number of months and the ex-Reds defender says the RB Leipzig star might compensate for the loss
The Reds’ centre-back will likely be out of action for months after he suffered serious knee ligament damage when he was tackled by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford simply 11 minutes into the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Ex-Liverpool star Carragher believes the Premier League champions have to dip into the switch market to compensate for the Netherlands captain’s absence and feels Upamecano, who has additionally been linked to Manchester United, can be a wise January signing.
“Dejan Lovren went they usually did not exchange him so that they solely have three centre-backs and a kind of, Joel Matip, is at all times injured. There are query marks now about Joe Gomez.
“So there isn’t a doubt that Liverpool needed to go massive within the switch market subsequent summer season. That was the subsequent one. That has now bought to be introduced ahead to January 1st, whoever the goal was in the summertime. Not the top of January. Not [wasting time that month] negotiating with a membership.”
He added: “There’s a younger man everybody was speaking about at Leipzig, Dayot Upamecano, there’s discuss of him. Whether or not he has the profile of Van Dijk, I feel he’s solely 6’1″ or 6’2”, so he’s perhaps not that aerial, but when he’s the one they wished then carry it ahead.
“Pay more money and do it on January 1st. Which means getting by 11 league video games with out Virgil van Dijk.
“One factor to say about Virgil van Dijk is that within the final 23 video games they’ve solely saved 5 clear sheets, and Van Dijk performed all of them, so it’s not like every little thing was good. We noticed the seven towards Aston Villa and we noticed the Leeds recreation.
“However I feel they must go massive with a signing.”