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CODE RED? John Aldridge identifies the 'perfect' candidate to fill Liverpool's defensive hole in January

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Jon Super/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Jon Super/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Jon Super/PA)

Liverpool will be on the hunt for a defender in the January transfer window and former Reds striker John Aldridge believes they should consider an offer to bring a former starlet back to the club.

Conor Coady has emerged as a star performer for Wolves in the Premier League over the last couple of year, with the one-time Liverpool academy performer earning his first England cap earlier this year.

Now Sunday World columnist Aldo has declared Liverpool chiefs should consider a bid to bring Coady back to Anfield, as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to fill the holes left by long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

"Liverpool have not made too many mistakes in the transfer market in recent years, but letting Coady leave the club has proved to be one of them," Aldo told us.

"He’s a local lad, loves Liverpool and I remember when he was coming through the ranks that people were saying he could be the man to replace Jamie Carragher, as he was coming towards the end of his career.

"Liverpool is a club that loves to have one or two of their own in the team. Trent Alexander-Arnold is ticking that box at the moment and Coady could have been in the team as well now if he had stayed.

"As it turns out, they let him leave for Huddersfield in the summer of 2014 and he has gone on to prove himself to be a fine leader at Wolves.

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Conor Coady made his England debut against Denmark (Nick Potts/PA)

Conor Coady made his England debut against Denmark (Nick Potts/PA)

Conor Coady made his England debut against Denmark (Nick Potts/PA)

"He is now a part of the England international squad and while I’m sure he would walk back to Liverpool if an offer was put in for him, it’s hard to imagine Wolves selling such an important player.

"Sometimes players can force through a move if it is to a club close to their heart, but I suspect Liverpool would have to wait until next summer before they would have any chance of getting Coady.

"Despite their position results in the injuries to Van Dijk and Gomez, I still feel Liverpool need to sign a centre-back in next month’s transfer window and hopefully the club are already making moves to sign the player they need."

Liverpool have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig defenders Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano, with Van Dijk and Gomez unlikely to play again this season.

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