Liverpool and Klopp change mind on January transfer plans

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Liverpool change January transfer

Liverpool have reportedly had a change of heart ahead of the January transfer window and the Reds will now be active as they look to bolster their ranks at the turn of the year. Jurgen Klopp has had to deal with several high-profile injuries this season and the situation has now forced the board into a rethink, according to reports.

The Premier League champions have already lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term knee injuries, earlier this term.

Meanwhile, Thiago Alcantara has played just twice in a red shirt following his £20million arrival from Bayern Munich.

The Spaniard was injured in the 2-2 draw against Everton following a full-blooded challenge from Richarlison that resulted in a red card.

Diogo Jota is the latest player to require treatment and the Portuguese will be out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury.

Yet despite their injury problems, The Athletic reported back in November that the Reds were not planning to make any signing in January.

At the time, Liverpool had just one fit centre-back available in the form of Joel Matip.

Fabinho was also sidelined with a hamstring injury but the Brazilian has now return at the heart of defence as an auxiliary centre-half.

However, the Reds now seem to have changed their stance.

According to Sunday World, Liverpool are now gearing up to bring in any new faces that fit specific criteria.

Klopp and the club’s hierarchy are said to be actively exploring potential new faces with a young defender with experience in the English game, top of the agenda.

Liverpool have previously been linked with a move for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

The move would now prove difficult in the wake of yesterday’s Champions League last 16 draw.

Leipzig will not want to strengthen Liverpool ahead of the clash and Bayern Munich are said to be in the driving seat for the Frenchman.

Furthermore, his £36million release clause does not come into play until next summer.

One name that does make sense for the Reds is Ben White of Brighton.

He has adapted to life in the Premier League well, after he signed a new deal with the Seagulls a few months back.

A move could prove difficult in January though but Liverpool are now putting plans in place to sign a defender to boost their chances of retaining the title.

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