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Report: Liverpool dream of pairing Virgil van Dijk with Kalidou Koulibaly

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Report: Liverpool dream of pairing Virgil van Dijk with Kalidou Koulibaly

The Senegal international is on Jurgen Klopp’s radar.

Liverpool have been cited as a potential interested party in the race to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to French outlet Le Parisien.

The defender has been linked with PSG and Manchester City during the summer but it would seem that the Premier League champions are closely monitoring the situation.

Liverpool have Virgil van Dijk as their primary centre-back and Le Parisien claims the Reds dream of pairing the Dutchman with the uncompromising Senegalese star.

Koulibaly has been at Napoli since 2014, signing from Belgian outfit Genk and he’s become one of Europe’s star attractions when it comes to defenders.

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He’s been a mainstay in the team since arriving in Naples playing no fewer than 247 times and scoring 10 goals in the process.

Napoli won’t let Koulibaly go on the cheap, valuing the defender between £63 million and £73 million.

Liverpool could have a trump card in their ranks, however, with Koulibaly a compatriot of Sadio Mane in the Senegal ranks.

It does seem unlikely that Liverpool will swoop to sign the defender during the current transfer window.

 

Boss Jurgen Klopp has added Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota to his ranks so far, with more unlikely to follow.

If Koulibaly does stay at Napoli beyond the current window, however, a window of opportunity might open for Liverpool.

TBR View – Koulibaly could ensure further dominance

Liverpool still look like the team to beat in the Premier League but they are perhaps one or two injuries away from disaster at the back.

With Joe Gomez and Joel Matip currently on the treatment table, Fabinho was forced to play centre-back on Sunday.

He produced a stunning performance but it won’t always be quite as straight forward as that.

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Liverpool could perhaps do with another quality centre-back and although he’s 29, Koulibaly would be a brilliant signing.

The man with 33 caps for his country is powerful, strong and suits the no-nonsense option next to the effortless Van Dijk.

If Liverpool could get Koulibaly it would be a statement signing that might just ensure a few more trophy-laden years.

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