By Alan Hutton

19th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Liverpool 'expected' to sign star in January after 'nightmare' injury reveal - pundit

Alan Hutton has insisted Liverpool need to spend in January to provide cover in central midfield after a “nightmare” injury to Harvey Elliott.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the Reds would have to dip into the transfer market after the injury compounded Liverpool’s lack of depth in the middle of the park.

Liverpool issued an update on Tuesday (August 14th), confirming Elliott had undergone successful surgery on a fracture dislocation of the left ankle.

The midfielder sustained the injury during the Merseyside club’s 3-0 away win at Leeds on Sunday.

Dr Jim Moxton, club doctor at Anfield, confirmed Elliott is “expected” to return this season.

The Reds’ depth has now depleted even further from last season, with the squad also weakened by the departure of Gini Wijnaldum to PSG on a free transfer.

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Hutton suggested Liverpool will be active in January in order to bring in another option.

“It’s a nightmare for Jurgen Klopp,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Now, you would have expect that Klopp would have to dip into the transfer market in January.”

“I always wondered at the start of the season if they would go out into the market and replace Wijnaldum.

“I covered Liverpool’s home game against Burnley this season and Harvey Elliott was fantastic, he was the star man.

“You just hope he can come back as soon as possible without any setbacks.

Elliott had started the last three games in Liverpool’s midfield trio – a huge vote of confidence from manager Klopp.

The midfielder’s spell at Blackburn last season was fruitful. The 18-year-old returned seven goals and 11 assists in 42 games for the Lancashire club.

In other news, this pundit has tipped Liverpool to move for Jude Bellingham.