Liverpool sporting director

Danny Mills insists that Liverpool “would be daft” not to sign a centre-half in January despite the eye-catching performances of Fabinho last week.

The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that it is “vitally important” that Jurgen Klopp bolsters his defensive options with “real quality” following the long-term injury to Virgil van Dijk.

Virgil van Dijk is expected to miss the majority of the 2020/21 campaign with a ruptured ACL, while Joel Matip’s injury troubles continue.

Fabinho, primarily a holding midfielder, has dropped into the heart of the defence alongside Joe Gomez and impressed in narrow wins against Ajax and Sheffield United last week.

Klopp also has young defenders Billy Koumetio, Sepp van den Berg, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams at his disposal.

When asked by Football Insider if the Reds had enough squad depth to avoid signing a new centre-back in January, Mills said:

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“Liverpool would be daft not to add strength to the centre-half position. It is vitally important that they sign someone in January.

“It is something they need to do to make sure that they have got enough cover and experience to challenge on as many fronts as they can this season.

“They have some good young players but you need quality in that position. You need real quality.

“It would be daft not to go into the transfer market and sign a defender.”

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