Liverpool are thought to be keen on signing Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, with reports from France yesterday suggesting the Reds were still in the hunt.
Le Parisien claims that the Reds are ‘dreaming’ of a central defensive pairing of Koulibaly and Virgil van Dijk.
It is, obviously, a partnership that would send shockwaves through the Premier League and strike the fear of god into most strikers, who’d be wondering how they might ever get a sniff in front of goal with those two in the way.
However, it could be a tough ask for Liverpool to get the deal over the line. The Express claims a £64m fee is the minimum asking-price, while it’s also claimed that Koulibaly actually prefers a move to title rivals, Manchester City.
But should Koulibaly end up at Anfield, it could give Jurgen Klopp the chance to move one of his key men positionally.
And with that, we mean moving Trent Alexander-Arnold further up the field into a more attacking role, to really utilise his abilities in the attacking third of the pitch.
A potential opening for Trent, he could excel further forward
While we are in no way saying ‘Trent’ needs to move from his right-back berth, it would certainly be interesting to see him higher up the field. The right side of the midfield three may be ideal for him. Yes, Liverpool play with energy and tempo that is often dictated by that midfield trio, but Alexander-Arnold is not a work shy player.
Furthermore, with Gini Wijnaldum stalling on a new deal and with the signing of Thiago, ‘Trent’ could have the ideal chance to influence things from the middle alongside the Spaniard and Jordan Henderson.
Obviously, Joe Gomez would need to slot into the right-back role. But that is something he has done on plenty of occasions in his career anyway, while Neco Williams is emerging quickly, too.
The signing of Koulibaly would be exceptional business for Liverpool. And if in signing him, it allows Klopp to get even more from his young assist merchant, then the deal could turn out even better.