The transfer window is over but Liverpool will need to rebuild their defense. With Alisson’s long unavailability and now the serious injury of Virgil van Dijk, the English champions have lost many benchmarks. The two executives of the Reds will remain on the sidelines for many months. Bad news for the team which conceded 13 goals after five days, as much as in the first 14 games of last season. A figure that makes it especially the worst defense in the Premier League. A donkey hat that we will have to get rid of to hope to keep its title. To get there, Jürgen Klopp will need to rack his brains with just one challenge: strengthening his team’s defensive base.
Fabinho to make forget the departure of Dejan Lovren?
When Virgil van Dijk gave way after his painful duel with Jordan Pickford, the Liverpool hinge was made up of Joël Matip and Joe Gomez. These two men will now have the responsibility of protecting the goal guarded by Adrian for long weeks. They will be in great demand with the multiplication of deadlines between national competitions and European matches. The departure of a Dejan Lovren who left for Zenit Saint Petersburg without being replaced risks being felt. The Croatian is no longer there to play the luxury liners. Behind the Cameroonian and the English, there are not many possibilities. To remedy this, Fabinho could do some freelancing in defense. He has held the post five times since arriving in England for just one underperformance, an FA Cup elimination by Wolverhamption. Against Bayern Munich and Brighton in 2019 or against Chelsea last month, the Brazilian had provided defense and his team had not conceded a single goal. This line of thought could therefore be exploited by a Jürgen Klopp in search of ideas for his defense but subject to a problem of rich in the midfield.
In Liverpool defense, one Dutchman can hide another
The other defensive option is called Sepp van den Berg. Liverpool’s great hope could be brought to the forefront in a rush. At 18, the Dutchman has yet to play a Premier League game but his compatriot’s injury should give him playing time sooner than expected. More generally, it is not so much the men but the automatisms that will quickly have to be found for Liverpool to increase their level defensively. When we know the importance of pressing in the philosophy of Jürgen Klopp with in particular side who evolve very high, the provisional defense of the Reds will have an interest in ensuring the essential: to preserve its clean sheet. A real blow for a team which, failing to strengthen itself, will have to partially reinvent itself.