Liverpool‘s defensive issues won’t be solved with the sole signing of Virgil van Dijk, Mark Lawrenson believes.
Not for the first time during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, question marks over the Reds’s central defensive pairing were raised. Both Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip were at fault for goals conceded in the 4-1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
Such has been the vulnerability at the back for the Merseyside outfit this season, many have called for Klopp to reignite his interest in van Dijk during the winter transfer window – although Lawrenson doesn’t believe the Southampton defender is the answer.
“You have got to be pessimist when you are defender – you expect your partner to miss everything, your goalkeeper to drop everything and your left-back is rubbish,” the Reds legend said on LFC TV.
“It’s the just way it is but if you keep rotating then it’s difficult to understand the strengths and weaknesses.
“Virtually every player we have got [at the back] isn’t quite good enough and that’s a real difficult thing as you are not going to replace all of them.
“I get this Virgil van Dijk all day long, but we need four of them.”
Lovren was take off after 31 minutes as a punishment for his two costly errors and it remains to be seen if Klopp will switch up his defensive options moving forward.
Following Sunday’s horror show, Liverpool have now conceded 16 league goals this campaign – the second worst record of any side in the top 10 of the division – and host a Huddersfield Town side which beat Manchester United last time out this Saturday.