After a pulsating weekend of Premier League action, not much separates the leading teams in the English top flight heading into the Christmas period.
Liverpool have arguably been the most-impressive team on the front foot this season, with their attacking trident of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino unplayable when on form.
However, after the nature of their 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, question marks over Jurgen Klopp’s defence have again reared their ugly heads.
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While Loris Karius continues to adapt to English football, the absence of Joel Matip was a telling factor in the Reds conceding some soft goals.
However, with the January transfer window only a couple of weeks away, Klopp has the opportunity to strengthen his defensive ranks ahead of a Premier League title push.
Although transfer rumours start to go into overdrive at this time of the year, respectable source The Guardian have today stated that Jose Fonte is set to leave Southampton in January.
The Portuguese veteran has seemingly rejected a new contract at the St Mary’s Stadium and the south coast club will look to cash-in on the 32-year-old in the new year.
With the report stating that Fonte could be available for as little as £5 million, it seems like a no-brainer for Liverpool to move for the veteran.
The experienced defender has been one of the Premier League’s most consistent in recent seasons and would add much-needed physicality and leadership at the back for the Merseyside outfit.
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Given that Fonte played alongside current Red Dejan Lovren at Southampton, with impressive results, bringing the Portuguese enforcer to Anfield could be a revelation and offer Klopp strength in depth at centre-half.
With Lucas Leiva filling in for Matip on Sunday and operating out of position, the need for an additional central defender in the Liverpool squad is clearly there.
The only real obstacle to the Reds landing Fonte is there will likely be a long list of Premier League suitors ready to fight for his services.