Live

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Repeat: OTB AM
Liverpool will act and bring i...
Soccer

Liverpool will act and bring in another centre-half | Damien Delaney

Ruairi Carberry
Ruairi Carberry

21:02 27 Dec 2020

Liverpool have dealt admirably with their struggles at centre-half all season, however, with Joel Matip seemingly suffering another injury blow, Damien Delaney expects them to act in the transfer market.

With Virgil Van Djik's return still far on the horizon, Joe Gomez still on the sidelines, and Matip struggling to maintain fitness, Delaney believes they will be adding pressure on themselves by continuing to return to Fabinho and young prospect, Rhys Williams.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talks with match officials (Nick Potts/Pool via AP)

"The one thing they have to be worried about now is Matip seems to be getting regular injuries," the former Crystal Palace defender said after commentating on Liverpool's 1-1 draw with West Brom for OTB Sports.

"[It is] nothing serious, nothing long-term but he cannot get any momentum."

"They are already playing with one makeshift centre back [in Fabinho], Williams is a fantastic player and a fantastic prospect but it is unfair to ask him to play the next 20 games in a row, in a [potential] title-winning season, when they are going to to be put under serious pressure from the people chasing them down," Delaney said.

If Liverpool do not sign a new player could it alter their title prospects?

Fabinho has performed admirably during his stint as the central figure in the heart of Liverpool's defence, earning plaudits for his ability to read the game.

While Delaney believes that Liverpool could still mount a title challenge by not recruiting anyone in January, it would certainly ease the load on Jurgen Klopp's men should they act in the transfer market.

"[They need] a good, solid centre back, that when Van Djik and Gomez come back fit you will have a really good third choice on the bench and he will still play an awful lot of games.

"To keep Fabinho as a makeshift centre-back and a young inexperienced one alongside him, I am not saying Liverpool could not win the league with that but it would make it difficult for themselves."

Liverpool's loss is West Brom's gain 

Liverpool will rue the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League, according to Delaney.

The ex-Ireland international believes that the champions started the game in a positive manner, but were slack in the second half, epitomised by Jordan Henderson's diminishing presence on the pitch.

Henderson dictated the game in the opening period but was far less influential as the evening wore on.

Semi Ajayi beats Alisson Becker in the Liverpool goal with a header. "It is an opportunity missed, it should have been a slam dunk three points," he said.

For West Brom and Sam Allardyce, it was a fantastic result that could have serious implications for the season ahead.

The Baggies are scrapping for their lives in 19th place and the result will help Allardyce get his players to buy into his methods, Delaney said.

"With a result like this players will come into [training] and they will be putty in Sam's hands.

"He now gets to say to them 'hey listen, do it my way, I will get guarantee your survival.

"It also gives Sam ammunition to go back to the Director of Football and the owner and say 'look, here is what I can do with what I have. Here is the list of players I want, if you can get me two or three of these players I will guarantee Premier League survival," Delaney concluded.

West Brom host Leeds United on Tuesday evening, a game which is the ultimate clash of styles pitting Allardyce's pragmatism against Marcelo Bielsa's attacking verve.

The Baggies will need to pick up points soon if they are to climb out of the drop zone and retain their Premier League status.

As for Liverpool, it is two points dropped rather than one gained.

Klopp's outfit will look to get back on track with a win against Newcastle United at St. James Park on Wednesday night.

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Damien Delaney Leeds Lfc Liverpool Marcelo Bielsa Newcastle Premier League WBA West Brom

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Up next

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-01:00 PM

Share

Live: Sunday Paper Review

Live: Sunday Paper Review

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

LIVE: OTB Weekend

LIVE: OTB Weekend

02:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on