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TARGET LIST Liverpool rip up their transfer plans as they look towards the January transfer window

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had to contend with an injury crisis this season (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had to contend with an injury crisis this season (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had to contend with an injury crisis this season (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool have shifted their position ahead of next month's transfer window and are now actively looking to add to the squad by targeting players with specific characteristics.

Anfield chiefs had no plans to make moves in the transfer market in January, after a summer that saw them sign Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas, Champions League winner Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota in a spending spree worth over £70m.

It was an outlay that exceeded the club's initial transfer spending projection, with manager Jurgen Klopp convinced the additions handed him a chance to compete in all competitions this season.

Season-ending injuries affecting defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez did not immediately alter Liverpool's transfer plans, with the club hoping they could navigate a path to success this season without further investment.

Yet ongoing injury issues for central defender Joel Matip have forced a change of heart and sundayworld.com have now been told that Liverpool are actively looking to bolster their squad next month, as they look to sign a young defender with top tier experience in the English game.

While Liverpool have been linked with RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and Schalke's Ozan Kabak are players of interest to Liverpool, the prospect of signing the duo in January and asking them to acclimatize quickly to the English game is not seen as likely.

With the club keen to avoid buying players at the back end of their careers, Brighton's Ben White has been mentioned as a possible target who may be available next month and the 23-year-old is on a list of targets drawn up by the club.

Liverpool legend and Sunday World columnist John Aldridge believes the club needs to be bold in their transfer dealing, as he suggests they should be targeting a player who can make an instant impact in early January.

"Liverpool need to make their move to bring in a central defender and they should be working on that now," Aldo told us.

"While Fabinho can slot in at centre-back and do a good job, Jordan Henderson could play in there at a push, and young lads like Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams are showing real potential, they need some back-up in the centre of the defence after everything that has happened.

"That player needs to be ready to come to the club when the transfer window opens on January 1st, he needs to have a good fitness record – and also have top level experience.

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"Van Dijk and Gomez are not coming back any time soon, Matip doesn't seem to be able to play a run of games in succession, so Liverpool need to sign a player who is good enough to play right away and may be a natural successor to Matip or Van Dijk in the future.

"That won't be easy, but the run of bad luck they have had with injuries this season means something has to be done now."

Liverpool showed what can be possible in the January transfer window when they pulled off a £75m deal to sign Van Dijk from Southampton two years ago and now this change of transfer policy means they are on the look-out for a similar coup in next month's window.

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