Liverpool have been put off pursuing a January move for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar due to his hefty price tag.
The Reds may look to recruit another centre-half next month once the transfer window opens.
Jurgen Klopp has seen his resources tested to the max with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both set for lengthy lay offs.
It has forced the German into playing makeshift centre-halves or turning to young players.
Skriniar is highly thought of and has been linked with several Premier League clubs.
The Reds have conducted their transfer business well in recent years with Michael Edwards working impressively alongside Klopp.
Dejan Lovren was allowed to leave in the summer without a replacement being bought in though.
It left Liverpool with three first-team central defenders but all of them are now unavailable.
Ben White was among the names previously linked with a move to Anfield but the Premier League leaders now have the unenviable task of trying to recruit quality players in January.
The midseason window does not often lend itself to big name transfers, but the Reds may have no choice but to bring in a new face.
After Joel Matip hobbled off in the draw with West Brom Jamie Carragher urged his former side to sign someone in the New Year.
“I don’t necessarily mean bring in a centre-back for £70m-£80m, like a Van Dijk signing,” he said.
“And not necessarily someone to go straight in the team – just someone there so Liverpool don’t end up with two young lads at some stage if Fabinho was to go down injured.
“Because at this moment Liverpool Football Club have one senior centre-back who’s available this season and he’s injury prone. So they have to, have to do something in January.”