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Kalidou Koulibaly confirms desire to stay at Napoli amid renewed Liverpool links

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Kalidou Koulibaly confirms desire to stay at Napoli amid renewed Liverpool links

Liverpool’s recent injury trouble has seen the club linked with a potential move for another top centre-back. 

The Reds have lost Virgil van Dijk to a long-term injury following a controversial challenge from Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby.

That has seen Liverpool linked with a potential move for Senegalese star Kalidou Koulibaly. 

As recently reported by Calciomercato, Liverpool were set to return and make a move for the player, a long-term friend of current forward Sadio Mane. 

A recent report from talkSPORT has suggested Koulibaly is now valued at £65 million by Napoli after previous reports have suggested a fee in excess of £100 million. 

However, if Liverpool are indeed keen on a move for the player, it seems they will have a tough time bringing him in. 

NAPLES, ITALY – DECEMBER 10:  (Photo by SSC NAPOLI/SSC NAPOLI via Getty Images)

Koulibaly, speaking after Napoli’s win over Real Sociedad in the Europa League. Made it clear that he is currently only focused on remaining with the Partenopei and thriving. 

 

“I love Naples and Naples loves me, that’s the most important thing,” the centre-back told Sky Italia. “I always make myself available game after game, I still have three years of contract, I’m calm, the teams are looking for me but I’m still here.

“I play at my level and I help this team and these people because I want to give something back to them then we’ll see what happens.”

Liverpool may need to address their defensive options in January. Van Dijk is out until the end of the season and Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are regular injury victims whilst Fabinho has now joined them on the sidelines.

However, Koulibaly has always seemed like a far-fetched idea, considering his price-tag. 

Now, with the player himself seemingly ruling it out, perhaps Liverpool can start looking for a more likely reinforcement.

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