Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool to sign Dayot Upamecano in January to help fill the giant void left by Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutchman is set to miss most of the season after sustaining a nasty anterior cruciate ligament injury against Everton.

Jordan Pickford's reckless challenge forced the defender off the pitch and he will now need to undergo knee surgery.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher said Van Dijk's absence will massively hurt Liverpool's Premier League title chances.

The former Reds defender also urged Liverpool to react by bringing any transfer plans for next summer forward to January.

Virgil van Dijk limps out of the Merseyside Derby.

“Liverpool's next signing had to be a centre-back next summer anyway,” said Carragher.

"That was the next one, that has to be brought forward to 1st January - not the end of the month.

Can Dayot Upamecano help fill the void left by Van Dijk?

"Upamecano, at Leipzig, there’s talk of him. He's not the profile of Van Dijk. But that's the one Liverpool wanted next summer.

“Bring it forward, pay the extra money and do it on January 1st. That means Liverpool have to get through the next 11 league games without Van Dijk. They have to go big in terms of a signing.”

Jordan Pickford's challenge on Van Dijk.

When asked on who he thinks will win the title, Carragher replied: "I can't see anyone else winning the title except Liverpool and Manchester City.

"On the back of Van Dijk, I'd now say Manchester City are favourites."