LIVERPOOL are expected to launch a strong challenge to sign RB Leipzig centre-half Dayot Upamecano in January.

The Reds are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements after serious injuries to Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.


It's possible the pair will not feature again this season.

To make matters worse, makeshift centre-back Fabinho is also sidelined – leaving Joel Matip as Liverpool's only recognised centre-back not currently injured.

Free agent Daryl Janmaat has been tipped as a short-term solution, while Brighton's Ben White has also been talked about.

But France international Upamecano is proving very strong in the betting market despite previous links to Manchester United.

The defending champions are now a 6/4 chance with Betfair to secure his signature before the window closes on February 2, 2021.


Ex-Reds defender and ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has no doubts who his former club should sign.

Nicol thinks Liverpool's chances of Premier League success drop by 25% without Van Dijk in the starting XI.

And he advised Klopp and Co. to spend 'a lot of money' on Upamecano.

Nicol told ESPN FC: "[Liverpool's title prospects] drop a good 20, 25 per cent from where they were, without Van Dijk.

"I think right now Liverpool absolutely, because of this injury, have to go out and spend a lot of money.

"Joe Gomez, at 23 years of age, has already had two major surgeries. That means the chances of it happening again rise.

"So I think this forces them into it and they should go and get Upamecano."

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