While it seems as if Jurgen Klopp’s message of Liverpool being unlikely to make any additions outside of the club is to be taken literally, rumours surrounding the Premier League champions and potential targets still fail to go away.
Recently, Klopp made a vow that the club will make additions and look to improve the team internally with a number of young players being handed the platform to make the next step in their development.
“This squad – just look at it. It is not a squad you have to change now and say: ‘OK, we need this position and this position.’ What we want is to create our transfers internally.”
This was what Klopp told the Guardian at the end of June, committing to youth players graduating into the first team rather than looking for ready-made players.
However, despite the German manager’s comments, Liverpool still seem to be consistently linked with expensive ready-made players.
According to The Mirror, Liverpool are amongst some of the top clubs interested in signing Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Here is a look at three reasons why we believe this transfer possibility to be fantastical…
There is no denying that Koulibaly is a special talent and amongst the very best in his position in Europe.
It could even be argued that the only player superior in Koulibaly’s central defensive role is Liverpool’s very own Virgil van Dijk.
While the prospect of having two of the very best defenders in world football partnered together looks good on paper, the idea of Liverpool pursuing a move just wouldn’t make sense.
Firstly, Koulibaly is 29 and in the latter stages of his development. While he could easily still be at his peak for the next four-five years, the Reds already have one of the best up-and-coming centre backs in their armoury.
Joe Gomez is only 23 years old and is fast becoming one of the best defenders in the Premier League. To disrupt his development to sign a ready-made player could be tempting for short term success but in the long-term doesn’t seem like something that will interest Klopp.
This is perhaps the most concerning factor regarding a potential transfer.
According to The Telegraph, Koulibaly could command a fee in the region of £70 million.
Just ask yourself, if Liverpool weren’t willing to spend over £50 million on Timo Werner – a position they actually need to strengthen in – then why would the transfer committee splash out a gargantuan fee in a position that is widely considered the club’s greatest strength.
It just wouldn’t be logical for Klopp to justify a move and totally goes against Liverpool’s policy regarding transfers.
Defence is Liverpool’s greatest strength
That old and familiar saying of ‘strikers win you games and defenders win you titles’ couldn’t more relevant when pinning down Liverpool’s success this season.
The Reds comfortably have the best defensive quartet in the division having conceded 27 goals in 35 games. Also, the Reds are currently third in regards to most clean sheets, they currently boast 13 – just one behind Manchester City and Burnley.
Also, since Gomez has been reinstated to the first team, the Englishman has been present in all of Liverpool’s recorded clean sheets this season bar one game.
Van Dijk and Gomez have quickly established the most effective defensive partnership in the Premier League and it has been paramount in Liverpool’s procession to their 19th league title.
The reality is that Liverpool do not require a centre back of the calibre of Koulibaly which is why supporters should take these transfer rumours with a pinch of salt.
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