Stan Collymore has told the Sunday People (27/9; page 56) that Liverpool would have the Premier League’s best centre-back pairing for years if they could add reported target Kalidou Koulibaly to their ranks.
Koulibaly appears to be one of the most highly sought-after centre-backs in the world. The 29-year-old has been outstanding for a number of years at Napoli.
And it has now been suggested that Liverpool could be interested in bringing the Senegal international to England.
Le Parisien reported recently that the Reds dream of signing Koulibaly and pairing him with Virgil van Dijk. It was noted that Sadio Mane is working to convince his countryman about a potential switch to Anfield.
And Collymore insisted that it would be a potential signing that could secure Jurgen Klopp’s side the title.
“The idea of Kalidou Koulibaly partnering Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool’s central defence has me so excited that I reckon it could be the best pairing since Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic,” he told the Sunday People.
“It genuinely could be up there with the best partnerships there have ever been in the game and if Sadio Mane’s text messages to his compatriot have convinced him to sign for the Reds, then it’s game over for all their title rivals,” he went on to add.
TBR View: Koulibaly could be a game-changer, but Liverpool still on course for more glory
In truth, Liverpool’s start suggests that they are going to be difficult to catch without Koulibaly. They are saw off an ambitious Leeds side on the opening day.
And they secured the three points at big-spending Chelsea last weekend.
Adding Koulibaly therefore, could be decisive. But it is probably fair to say that the Reds will remain big favourites for the titles whether they make any further signings or not.