Barnes tells Liverpool they don’t need Van Dijk if they’re doing well

John Barnes doesn't believe Liverpool need to find a replacement for Virgil van Dijk because if they keep doing well without him, they don't even need the Dutchman.

Van Dijk suffered an ACL injury in the Merseyside derby last month, which could rule him out for the entire season.

The Netherlands international has already had surgery on his knee, which Liverpool confirmed was successful, but there is still no timeframe on when he'll return to action.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have also lost defenders Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez to injury, piling pressure on Jurgen Klopp to open his wallet in January.

But Barnes isn't convinced the Reds need to splash the cash on a Van Dijk replacement.

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In fact, he says if the team continue doing well without Van Dijk, then they'll prove to the world that the Dutchman isn't actually needed.

"Well first of all, Virgil is a huge player and of course we're going to miss him," Barnes told PlayOJO in an exclusive interview.

"If we focus on Virgil's injury, not only is it disrespectful to the rest of the team, but it could affect the team's performance.

"I think the best thing right now is that there are no fans (in the stadium), because if fans had been there, with Virgil not playing, that negativity could have translated on to the pitch.

"If Liverpool go between now and January without conceding one goal, do we need a centre back? We can't say now we need to splash the cash, because if we do well, we don't need him [Van Dijk].

"At this moment in time, in the back of your mind, yes, we're thinking about a centre back. However, I still have faith in the ones we have so to say now that we definitely need one, I think is a little bit premature."

He added: "I'm not a fan of buying players in January, as the best options are often in the Champions League and won't leave their current clubs.

"What you can do is just get a player to be a stopgap until Virgil comes back for next season. So, if you can get someone to improve you, yes, but if not, I'm not a big January signing person."

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