The former Reds midfielder claims that the champions of the Premier League will stay out of a “inflated market” and remain loyal to those already on their books.
Jason McAteer believes that Liverpool has no need for another center-half to dip into the January market, with the likes of David Alaba expected to involve “a lot of money” in order to get a deal done.
If they do wish to pursue defensive replacements, the Reds will have funds available.
Jurgen Klopp has some big recruitment choices to make with Virgil van Dijk facing up to a lengthy spell on the sidelines with knee ligament injury.
It has been mentioned that over the winter, he would look to add, with another proven player aiming for four at the heart of his back.
Various goals, from Dayot Upamecano to Kalidou Koulibaly, have been mooted, while Ben White and James Tarkowski have been listed as well.
With the flexible Austrian seeing contract extension negotiations break down in Germany, Bayern Munich star Alaba is another that the Reds are said to have in their sights.
As he moves for free agency in 2021, his price tag will fall, but McAteer is not persuaded that the reigning Premier League champions need to spend in the next window at all.
FreeSuperTips was told by the former Reds midfielder:” When Virgil van Dijk was wounded, everybody began to panic, saying that Liverpool would put half of a top-quality center.”
Jurgen stayed calm and understood that if a world-class defender, like Alaba, were brought in, you would have to pay a great deal of money, certainly in this inflated market.
When everyone ‘s healthy, if you’ve got four top-center halves — Alaba, [Joe] Gomez, Van Dijk, and [Joel] Matip, and then Fabinho as a cover — when Klopp chooses his squad, he can only pick two out of five, one goes on a bench that’s three, he’s got two that he’s got to leave out.
Liverpool doesn’t want to pay a lot of wage money to keep unhappy players who can’t make the squad, the balance has to be right.
“Liverpool has enough real-quality players who can slot into the defense, even with Virgil van Dijk out, so they don’t need another top center-back at present to come in.”