Liverpool must sign a centre-back in the January transfer window, says Jamie Carragher

Joel Matip is facing a spell on the sidelines (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says it’s ‘paramount’ that the club sign a centre-back in January following Joel Matip’s injury in a draw against West Brom.

The Cameroon centre-back started alongside makeshift defender Fabinho in a 1-1 draw against West Brom on Sunday but he hobbled off just before the hour-mark with a groin injury.

Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez with long-term injuries, meaning they could ill-afford to lose the former Schalke defender.

Carragher believes Matip is unfit for the rigours of the Premier League and that it’s vital the Reds sign a replacement next month.

Carragher has urged Klopp to sign a defender (Picture: Sky Sports)

‘It’s a massive worry but it’s not a new worry,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.

‘Joel Matip will not play every game between now and the end of the season, you know that even before the injury today and that’s why it’s paramount Liverpool sign someone in January.

‘I said that as soon as Virgil van Dijk has his injury against Everton. I mean, Fabinho has gone there and looked like a top class centre-back so maybe people at the club felt like it wasn’t as urgent

‘But Joel Matip is just too injury prone, his body can’t take the rigours of playing Premier League football week in week out. We know that since he joined.

 ‘I don’t necessarily mean bring in a centre-back for £70m-£80m, like a Van Dijk signing, and not necessarily someone to go straight in the team, just someone there so Liverpool don’t end up with two young lads at some stage if Fabinho was to go down injured.

‘Because at this moment Liverpool Football Club have one senior centre-back who’s available this season and he’s injury prone. So they have to, have to do something in January.’

The Reds travel to the north-east to face Newcastle for their final game of 2020 on Wednesday.

Klopp is expected to rotate his side given the hectic fixture list, meaning James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi could come into the starting XI.

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