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Reports claim Liverpool are interested in Kalidou Koulibaly

Liverpool will surely be busy in the January transfer window. Michael Edwards will have his hands full in the next few months, working away at securing a new first team centre back to fill in in the absence of Virgil van Dijk. The Reds are already being linked with all and sundry. According to reports in Italy, Liverpool have shortlisted Kalidou Koulibaly.

According to reports in Italy, Liverpool have shortlisted Kalidou Koulibaly.  (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Virgil van Dijk injury

How do you injure a man made of steel? Virgil van Dijk has seemed immortal at times, playing virtually every minute of the Premier League since he joined the Reds in 2018.

The Dutchman has been ruled out for the season after being lunged at by Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby.

Frustratingly, the Everton keeper was allowed to remain on the pitch after the incident – a call which puzzled fans and pundits alike.

The VAR who made the non-decision has since been suspended from duty.

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Liverpool want Koulibaly

According to Calciomercato, Liverpool have shortlisted Kalidou Koulibaly with a view to January transfer.

 

There has also been claims from journalist Fabio Santini (via AreaNapoli) that Liverpool are offering up to €75m (£68m) for the Senegalese centre back.

Manchester City were thought to be close to the defender’s signature in the summer but no move materialised.

Given that Napoli splashed out on Victor Osimhen a few months ago they may be willing to part with the crown jewel of their defence.

What RTK has to say

We just can’t see this happening. As fascinating as it would be to see Liverpool line up with Kalidou Koulibaly alongside Virgil van Dijk in the future, the finances don’t make sense.

The defender could cost a king’s ransom and at 29-years-old he doesn’t have a tremendous amount of time left to justify the large transfer fee.

Dayot Upamecano on the other hand has more than a decade remaining at the pinnacle of football, the Frenchman is a much more realistic target.

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