With the January transfer window now only a month away, all #Premier League managers will be keeping one eye on the window with the hectic winter schedule. #Liverpool added two more games to the list after 17 year-old Ben Woodburn became the club's youngest ever goalscorer as they beat Leeds 2-0 at Anfield; setting up a EFL Cup semi-final clash against Southampton. All the focus for Liverpool is on the potential attacking options, with Danny Ings out till the end of the season and Sadio Mane due to miss January due to African Cup of Nations commitments with Senegal. But Klopp is looking at recruitments at the other end of the pitch, Liverpool's defensive frailties has become an ongoing problem in recent seasons, with poor defending seen as the reason for the failed title challenge in the 2013/14 season.

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Back to the South Coast

I reported last week about a potential swap deal involving Liverpool and Southampton, with Daniel Sturridge and Virgil Van Dijk (also Sam McQueen) heading in opposite directions. But with that potential deal looking more fantasy than reality, The Reds are going to have to open the cheque book if they want the Dutch defender in their ranks by the end of the January transfer window. Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier had his say on the matter, taking a dig at their rivals in the process.

"From what I've seen this season, I'd suggest it would take between £40-50m to get Virgil Van Dijk away from Southampton. Liverpool have given us over £100 million over the last three seasons and they still couldn't finish about us last season!"

There is no surprise Van Dijk is getting the praise as his performances this season have been more than impressive.

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Southampton certainly know how to get their valuations, especially when it comes to Liverpool, so it will be interesting to see whether the £40-50m quoted is the actual transfer figure. With the sides due to meet in the EFL Cup semi-finals next month, it is anyone's guess who Van Dijk turns out for in those fixtures. I doubt the Dutch defender is indeed going to be so costly but if Klopp really wants him then I'm expecting a figure excess of £30m, given it is the winter window. He would be a great addition to the Liverpool back line and could be the man needed to push Liverpool closer towards that first Premier League title, if they are still in the mix come January.

Sakho The Brummie

Mamadou Sakho was a massive player for Klopp last season. The French defender became a beloved figure at the club as he showed passion every time he took to the pitch. But as we all know, it all went down hill for him after missing the Europa League final following a failed drugs test, which resulted in a 30 day provisional ban.

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Once he returned, he was then sent home from the pre-season tour with questions over his attitude the reason for Klopp's actions. In July he switched his number from 17 to 3, but is still yet to take to the field in his new shirt number having been frozen out from the German's first team plans. Doomed to the U23 side, Sakho is starting to realise that his time at Liverpool is truly over. With Matip taking his place alongside Lovren in the starting XI and new signing Klavan preferred as the back up option. The potential arrival of Van Dijk would surely push the Frenchman further down the pecking order.

However after being linked with West Ham and Roma over the summer, another Premier League club is set to offer Sakho a lifeline. West Brom are rumoured to be considering a January loan move for the defender with a view for a permanent deal at the end of the season. It would be a fall from grace for the defender but it could prove a beneficial move for both parties. His presence in West Brom's side would help them stay in the division for the final half of the season, and Sakho could use his performances to attract more prestigious clubs. However West Brom just seen as one of many clubs interested, with it all but certain the defender is heading out of Anfield. #Football