Completing £87m signing could benefit 22-year-old Liverpool defender long-term
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Signing Kalidou Koulibaly signing could benefit Joe Gomez long-term

Liverpool reportedly want Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in a move that could benefit Joe Gomez long-term.

Tutto Mercato Web claimed recently that the Reds want Koulibaly. More than that, discussions have started and Napoli are apparently open to the idea of selling their star asset.

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The article mentions the potential partnership with Virgil van Dijk – it would certainly be a special one. They’re two of the absolute best defenders in the world and it would solidify Liverpool’s defence for years.

But TMW also mentions Joel Matip. Matip would be in a difficult position with the signing, almost certainly condemned to fourth-choice and with little hope of changing that. Liverpool may have to sell, in fact.

That article doesn’t name Gomez, however. The 22-year-old cemented his place as Van Dijk’s partner since December and firmly holds that position now.

Thus signing Koulibaly would almost certainly remove him from that. Long-term, however, that may work out.

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For one thing, Gomez is considerably younger than both Koulibaly and Van Dijk, who are both 28. This wouldn’t be a replacement, then, but merely another player for Gomez to eventually replace as first-choice.

And taking some of the pressure off Gomez isn’t a bad thing. He could continue to focus on development, rather than helping to lead the team.

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It’s also worth looking at how much Gomez has come on since working with Van Dijk. It’s entirely possible that giving him a second world-class centre-back to learn from could have a similar effect, allowing him to push on even further.

This is all hypothetical, of course, but it would mean that signing Koulibaly isn’t just a short-term measure. It could potentially help grow Liverpool’s next generation of stars.

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