9 players who Liverpool could realistically sign in the January transfer window

Van Dijk has come, Coutinho has gone, but here’s how the Reds can still improve their squad in both attack and defence this winter

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Thomas Lemar (Monaco)

Philippe Coutinho sealed his dream move™ to Barcelona this month, the Catalan giants finally landing their man having been frustrated in their pursuit of the Brazilian last summer. Liverpool reportedly pocketed £105m up front from the sale, which gives them the means to secure a top-quality replacement in the coming weeks.

With previous target Leon Goretzka seemingly on the verge of joining Bayern Munich, Lemar could be the Reds’ best bet of an elite attacker. The 22-year-old Monaco man, who can play on either flank or in a central role, would be another source of creativity in Jurgen Klopp’s fearsome attacking arsenal.

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)

Liverpool’s lengthy pursuit of Virgil van Dijk finally reached a positive conclusion in December, when the Merseysiders agreed to sign the Dutchman for £75m. Klopp resisted the urge to acquire an alternative centre-back target in the summer when it was clear Southampton weren’t willing to do business, but he shouldn’t rest on his laurels now that Van Dijk is finally on Merseyside.

Joe Gomez is a player of great potential, but question marks continue to hover over Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren. There’s less need to buy an experienced defender now, but capturing someone like De Ligt – a talented 18-year-old who could be moulded by Klopp’s coaching – would be smart.

Alisson (Roma)

Of the Premier League’s big six, only Arsenal (28) have conceded more goals than Liverpool (25) this season. The aforementioned addition of Van Dijk will certainly bolster the backline, but there remains a need for the Reds to obtain an upgrade on Simon Mignolet between the sticks.

Brazilian glovesman Ederson has enjoyed a tremendous start to his Manchester City career, so it says a great deal about his compatriot’s quality that Alisson kept him out of the Selecao side throughout South America’s World Cup qualification campaign.

The Roma goalkeeper possesses quick reflexes and is adept at sweeping up outside the box, which would stand him in good stead behind Liverpool’s high defensive line.