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McGarry explains why Liverpool haven't signed Kalidou Koulibaly

Liverpool are going to be busy in the January transfer window. The Reds have to bring in a defender, come hell or high water we need a centre back to come through the door. Jürgen Klopp is down to just one centre half to last him for pretty much the rest of the season – a new recruit is inevitable. Ian McGarry has explained why Liverpool didn’t sign Kalidou Koulibaly, hinting at what needs to change for the deal to happen.

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Centre back wanted apply within

Liverpool’s dire need for a new centre back couldn’t be more obvious.

Going into this season the club gambled on the fitness of their three centre defenders, selling Dejan Lovren without replacing him.

Since the beginning of the campaign Virgil van Dijk has been ruled out for the duration with a ruptured ACL.

Whilst Joe Gomez will miss most of the season with a knee injury of his won.

Jürgen Klopp now has just Joel Matip at his disposal and his fitness isn’t the most reliable.

McGarry on Liverpool and Koulibaly

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Ian McGarry explained why Liverpool haven’t signed Kalidou Koulibaly, implying what would need to happen for the move to come off.

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The transfer expert explained that the Reds were exploring a move for the defender over the summer but they weren’t willing to pay the Serie A side’s asking price.

Napoli reportedly wanted €60m (£54m) but the Reds thought the valuation too high for a 29-year-old.

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The implication here is that Liverpool could sign Kalidou Koulibaly if Napoli were to significantly lower their valuation.

Whether they’ll do that is anybody’s guess. They may be looking to recoup some money after splashing out on Victor Osimhen over the summer.

Though, it is doubtful that they’d cash in on their prized asset – what’s the point in signing more goals if you’re going to sell a player and start conceding more?

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