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Report: Jurgen Klopp 'unlikely' to pursue deal for Kalidou Koulibaly

Jurgen Klopp is ‘unlikely to pursue’ a deal for Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports. Claims out of Italy say Liverpool want the defender.

This comes from the Express, who believes Liverpool do hold a ‘trump card’ in any negotiations for Koulibaly. That card is Sadio Mane, with the outlet believing he could smooth over any deal.

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There’s some logic to that, too. Both Mane and Koulibaly play for Senegal, after all, while they also spent a season together with Metz.

Despite that, Klopp isn’t going to move for Koulibaly, though. The Express says it’s ‘very unlikely’ due to the current economic climate.

That does go against several reports out of Italy, though. Tutto Mercato Web, for one, links the two, while Gazzetta Dello Sport believes Dejan Lovren could head the other way.

Gazzetta, again, says Koulibaly could be available for around £62m, too. That’s clearly not low enough, however, if Klopp still doesn’t want to make the move happen.

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It shouldn’t surprise anyone if this turns out to be true. £62m in the current economic climate is an awful lot of money, especially when there are already three great defenders at the club.

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Make no mistake, we believe signing Koulibaly would be truly fantastic for the club. But that only works if Liverpool can afford such a transfer.

This isn’t the time to be taking any risks, after all. Liverpool should look to secure necessary players only – even if that means missing out on a player as good as Koulibaly.

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