The defending champions remain at the top of the table 17 games into the defence of a crown they claimed in record-breaking style last season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have, however, seen the chasing pack close in – with Manchester United level on points while boasting a game in hand, while Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester City are all within striking distance.

Carragher wants Klopp to act on that by dipping into the transfer market for another proven defender, with the Anfield legend warning that there will be a serious price to pay for any lack of movement in January.

He told Sky Sports on the back of a 1-0 defeat away at Southampton: “I can’t see Liverpool winning the league if they don’t buy a centre-back.

“I said that after the Everton game when [Virgil] van Dijk was injured but I think it’s a really tough ask if they don’t bring anyone in.

“The fact they played Jordan Henderson at centre-back is not going to do a lot for the two lads on the bench [Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips] and their confidence if they have two midfielders playing there. Henderson is not a centre-back. He did well, but it’s not his position.”

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