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Kalidou Koulibaly could oppose a real threat to Liverpool's title defence amid Manchester City links

Liverpool’s dominance this season has been nothing shy of remarkable. Jurgen Klopp’s ability to demand perfection on a weekly basis from his players is something almost unprecedented in this country.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 24: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speaks with his team during a drinks break during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield on June 24, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The German’s only rival in that regard is current Manchester City boss and two-time Premier League champion Pep Guardiola.

There is little Klopp and the Reds can do in terms of additions to improve their current best XI with Liverpool staggeringly so far ahead of all their Premier League rivals.

The only major concern for supporters regarding Liverpool’s chances of retaining their crown next season will be just how much recruitment Guardiola and City are able to orchestrate to create a much closer title race next season.

It is no secret that it has been City’s defensive problems that have ultimately seen them dethroned as the undisputed king of England following the loss of Vincent Kompany and long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte.

Despite having played seven games less, City have already conceded 10 more goals than they did for the entirety of last season and they have lost twice the amount of fixtures as well.

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Indeed, Guardiola will likely dip into the market and add some defensive steel and according to Sports Witness, City are currently the only side in the race for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is expected to leave this summer for around £90 million.

STADIO OLIMPICO, ROME, ITALY – 2020/06/17: Kalidou Koulibaly (L) and Faouzi Ghoulam of SSC Napoli kiss the trophy during the awards ceremony at end of the Coppa Italia final football match between SSC Napoli and Juventus FC. SSC Napoli won 4-2 over Juventus FC after penalty kicks, regular time ended 0-0. (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Koulibaly, 29, is a player Liverpool supporters will know extremely well following numerous battles with Napoli over the past 48 months. The Senegalese ace is among the top central defenders in the world and was even identified as an alternative option before the club signed Virgil van Dijk in 2018.

The addition of a defender of such quality and if City are to keep Laporte fit for the majority of the 2020/21 season, there is no doubt that Guardiola’s team will be significantly stronger to challenge Klopp’s record-breaking Reds.

Having conceded just one less goal than they did for the entirety of last season (22), Liverpool have remained consistent defensively over the past 12 months which would suggest that Klopp has found the perfect balance amongst his defensive quartet opposed to City.

While the gap is currently a gargantuan 23 points between City and Liverpool, going forward Guardiola’s team have remained at their brilliant best and have kept the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne fit for the majority of the season.

This would suggest that from attack, there is little to improve from City’s part and that their problems lie mainly at the back.

If the club are able to get this right, there is no doubt that Liverpool’s title defence could be under threat next season.

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