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Liverpool will be favourites to win the Premier League title again if they sign a centre-back in January, according to Jamie Carragher.
Jurgen Klopp's men are only one point behind leaders Leicester at the moment, having picked up a hard-earned 1-1 draw against Manchester Cityat the Etihad Stadium last time out.
However, Liverpool are facing an unprecedented injury crisis at the back after losing both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term injuries.
Joel Matip and Nathaniel Phillips are now theonly natural centre-back options for Klopp to choose from, with Fabinho also likely to fill in at the back again once he returns from a hamstring issue.
The Reds have been tipped to dip into the winter transfer window for a new defender to provide cover in the second half of the season, and the likes of Dayot Upamecano, Kalidou Koulibaly andBen Whitehave all been mooted as potential targets.
Carragher thinks it isa necessity for his old club to bring in defensive reinforcements in order to continue their march towards a second consecutive title.
“I think if Liverpool buy a centre-back, and a good one, in January, I think they'll take some stopping, I really do,” the former Liverpool defendertoldPunching.TV.
“Defensively, they have injury problems in that position (centre-back), and if they rectify that in January, I think Liverpool would be my favourites.
“But right now I think it's 50/50 between them and Man City because of Liverpool's injuries and the setback of Van Dijk.”
Carragher doesn't think Klopp's men will run away with the title in the same manner they did last season, with it his belief that a number of clubs will be in the mix for the trophydue to the more competitive nature of the division in the coronavirus climate.
He added: “I just don't think there'll be as big a gap between them (Liverpool and City) and the rest as we've seen in the last couple of years."
Liverpool will start preparing for a top of the table clash against Leicester after the international break, with the Foxes set to arrive at Anfield on November 22.