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Liverpool boss Klopp urged to sign centre-back ‘on January 1’ after Van Dijk injury blow | Football | Sport

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged Jurgen Klopp to go out and sign a centre-back on January 1 or risk missing out on the Premier League title. The Reds have been dealt a major blow after discovering that their imperious defender needs surgery following yesterday’s Merseyside derby.

Van Dijk was on the end of a thunderous high tackle from Jordan Pickford and hobbled off at Goodison Park after just 10 minutes of action.

After the game, he headed for hospital on crutches for a scan on his knee and now the results have been revealed.

Liverpool confirmed Van Dijk has suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and the early signs suggest he could be out for the rest of the season.

Carragher believes it could prove costly unless the Reds go out and sign another centre-back. He told Sky Sports: “I think it’s blown the title race wide open. I really do.

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“I felt at the start of the season that Liverpool were still the team to beat.

“But I think with Van Dijk now being out for a whole season now, Liverpool have to go into the market in January, not just because of Van Dijk’s injury but they were weak in that area anyway having lost Dejan Lovren at the start of the season.

“The two they have got now [Joe Gomez and Joel Matip] are very injury prone. It’s devastating news for Van Dijk but I think for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp it’s now right away.

“I know the transfer window has just finished by they have to be ready on January 1 to bring someone in.

“They are really weak in that area and that could stop them trying to achieve what they want to achieve.”

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