Liverpool reportedly want Kalidou Koulibaly, a move that would make them the world’s best in three different areas.
Tutto Mercato Web claimed this week that Liverpool are in discussions with Napoli over Koulibaly. More than that, the Italians are supposedly open to selling the defender.
It would be an incredible signing, of course, and Napoli supposedly value him at around £87m. Just the thought of a partnership between Koulibaly and Virgil van Dijk is exciting – it would be the world’s best.
Both are in their prime and arguably the two best in the world right now. Certainly in the top four or five. They’re similar, too, in being very physical, athletic defenders and that’s something that should benefit the Reds’ pressing game.
But as a team, it would cement Liverpool as the best starting XI in the world. For one thing, they’d be the best in three different areas – arguably four.
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Few would argue against Liverpool having the best front-three on the planet. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are all incredible players who mesh together near-perfectly.
They’re very successful, too, as champions of Europe and, surely, England this season. While some may argue that there are individually better front lines, none are on the collective level of Liverpool’s.
At full-back, there is no question that Liverpool have the best pairing. Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are sensational players who do pretty much everything in the team. They’re a part of a very solid defence while also creating goals for the forwards.
They play off one another, too, in ways few full-backs can. It could be a switch of play to open up a team on the other side or merely knowing when to hold your run so the other can bomb on.
Koulibaly and Van Dijk would be another area where the Reds could call themselves the best. Then it just comes down to whether they have the best goalkeeper on the planet, too.