Van Dijk is facing a prolonged dry spell on the sidelines after a serious knee injury he sustained in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Everton.
Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool to “go big” in the January transfer window and sign a new defender after Virgil van Dijk’s injury.
The former Liverpool ace believes that Jurgen Klopp must sign a new defender as soon as possible after Virgil van Dijk’s injury.
“Liverpool’s next big commitment had to be the central defender anyway, and I’m talking about next summer,” Carragher told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.
The Dutch central defender was instrumental in winning Liverpool’s Premier League title last season – and Carragher believes that his old club now needs to change its transfer plans.
“This must be brought forward to the first of January. Not to the end of January, not to negotiations with a club – whoever your target was next summer.
“(Dejan) Lovren left, they did not replace him in the team. They only have three central defenders – one of them, (Joel) Matip, is always injured – and there were question marks when (Joe) Gomez was discussed.
“So there is no doubt that Liverpool had to make it big on the transfer market next summer. That was next.
“There is a young man that everyone is talking about, Upamecano, who is in Leipzig,” he added. “People are talking about him.
Carragher mentioned the 21-year-old French international Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig as a possible signatory from Liverpool.
“This means that Liverpool would have to survive the next 11 league games without Virgil van Dijk.
“He is not the profile of van Dijk, I think he is only 1.82 meters tall, but if Liverpool wanted to have him next summer, they should prefer him, pay more money and do it on January 1st.
“I think they have to be big when they sign.”
“The big difference to Virgil van Dijk in what he changed in Liverpool is the set pieces and the balls in the box,” he said.
Meanwhile, Carragher highlighted one of the areas where Liverpool needs to improve in the absence of van Dijk.
“What I’m trying to say is that he’s not here, so almost forget about him – he won’t be there in the middle of the week against Ajax or next week in the Premier League.
“That’s exactly what we saw this weekend – look at the goal of (Michael) Keane.