Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Liverpool will look to sign reinforcements during the January transfer window.
This comes after Portuguese forward Diogo Jota was pictured limping off against Arsenal following a collision with stopper Aaron Ramsdale.
Despite playing on for 15 minutes, the 24-year-old was subsequently replaced and Jurgen Klopp described the blow as a ‘proper knock’ during post-match duties.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson suggested that the Reds must enter the market in order to bolster the ranks.
It will be a big worry. Liverpool can cope with missing Jota between now and when the AFCON starts but they cannot afford to lose him when [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah go. There’s about 40-odd days before the tournament though. You would like to think Jota will be fine before then. But this will be a warning. If they lost Jota over the AFCON period it would be absolutely disastrous. When Liverpool are on song they can destroy any team. They are a really well-oiled machine but the squad depth isn’t there. If Jota is out for a length of time, Klopp will have to enter the market in January.
Last season Jota missed 19 games through an injury suffered in a dead-rubber against FC Midtjylland.
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Long term absentee or otherwise, this should act as a warning sign to the club ahead of losing Salah and Mane in January.
Simply put, alongside Roberto Firmino’s current hamstring inflicted absence, Klopp could be facing the prospect of fielding a front three containing Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Kaide Gordon in the Premier League.
Whilst the club have refrained from panic buying previously – never more so than amidst the defensive crisis last winter – Liverpool simply must at least assess the avenue of signing an attacker when the window opens.