The January transfer window is never the best time to acquire new talent, especially players with a proven track record at the highest level but a central defender has been highlighted as a position that requires filling with immediate effect if they wish to push on beyond into the top four this season.
Most clubs will not allow their defenders to leave in January with that particular window more famously known for departures of midfielders and forwards, however Dalglish realises he should have perhaps purchased someone of defensive quality in the summer rather than focus fully on the midfield.
Whilst Coates’ arrival will have boosted the squad there is still need for a leader at the back and the club have been linked with a move for Gary Cahill and Jan Vertonghen. Whilst Vertonghen would be somewhat of a coup in January it would seem more likely that Bolton’s Cahill would be a more realistic possibility despite his poor start to the season with his club.
Last January Dalglish purchased both Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll for over £50m and although the Liverpool owners are likely to give their full backing, it is unlikely that they will provide that sort of money to steady the ship at the back.