Liverpool signing Kalidou Koulibaly would be quite ridiculous. But that might be exactly what they need.
Liverpool have serious defensive problems right now. In truth, they have done all season.
The campaign started with conceding three goals at home to Leeds United. They gave away a goal with a mistake against Arsenal. Conceded seven against Aston Villa.
And that was before Virgil van Dijk damaged his knee. Since then, they’ve conceded twice against Everton, another against Sheffield United, another against West Ham United, and another against Manchester City.
It all means Liverpool have conceded 16 goals in eight games – the third-most in the Premier League.
And now Joe Gomez is out long-term, too. And Joel Matip can’t stay fit. Surely, then, Liverpool will make moves in the January transfer window.
But who will they go for? One suggestion would be ridiculous, overly expensive, and possibly unnecessary. That could all be good, however.
Liverpool signing Kalidou Koulibaly would be all of those things. He’s 29, so not exactly one for the long-term future.
Reports in Italy believed Napoli wanted around £90m ahead of the season – a price that could go up.
And the Reds might not need an elite centre-half, given Matip is still around, Gomez should be back before the season ends, and Fabinho has looked good there.
But the Mirror still names him as a potential option. Jurgen Klopp likes him and he’s a world-class defender – two reasons as good as any.
And maybe that’s exactly what Liverpool need. A signing that just ticks those two boxes with little fuss and can come in the strengthen the side.
It would terrify everyone in the league, for one thing. It would be a message that Liverpool really aren’t messing about, despite all the injuries, and that they’re still top dog.
From that perspective, a superstar signing is the best way for Liverpool to rediscover their fear-factor from last season.
The injuries mean everyone else will smell blood in the water and sense they can compete. Koulibaly, if Liverpool can afford him, would not only patch up the wound but show everyone that the Reds are anything but vulnerable.