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Liverpool submit bid for £90m-rated star – Are the Reds right in adding to their title-winning squad?

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in action. (Getty Images)
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in action. (Getty Images)

Why Liverpool must push hard to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly

Liverpool want to sign Napoli powerhouse centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer transfer window. Corriere Dello Sport (h/t Express) claim Liverpool are in pole position to sign one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe. However, Napoli want a whopping £90m for the African star.

The Senegal international has been in exceptional form and a key member for Napoli over the past few seasons. Koulibaly is currently one of the best centre-backs in Europe and is seen as a player who can make a great impact.

The Senegalese star has enough credentials to prove his worth and it is no wonder top clubs like Liverpool are behind securing the signing of the player.

Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 23, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Getty Images)

Do the Reds really need to spend big on a defender?

Top players don’t want to sit on the bench and that is a concern. Liverpool have Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip to partner Virgil Van Dijk and an addition like Kalidou Koulibaly means Liverpool might have to offload a player or two.

Kalidou Koulibaly is a quick, tall and strong defender and would definitely be a fantastic addition if Liverpool manage to sign the 29-year-old.

Over the past few seasons, he’s been one of the team’s most consistent and influential performers, establishing himself as one of the best centre-backs across Italy. A signing like Koulibaly would make the side stronger. The player has the qualities to walk straight into the Liverpool playing XI.

Imagine having Koulibaly and Van Dijk together! That can be a total nightmare for the opposition. A partnership of the two can make Liverpool harder to beat. The side already have a very good defensive record this season, having only conceded 21 times so far this season. The team has also lost just once.

Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Bologna FC at Stadio San Paolo on December 01, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Getty Images)
Kalidou Koulibaly would be a top addition to this Liverpool squad (Getty Images)

Thus, an addition to Liverpool’s defence in the form of the Senegal international will definitely bring more steel to the team’s backline, whilst taking their defence to a greater level. The defender might cost the Reds a lot, but the Reds would benefit from the player’s presence.

Verdict

Liverpool have already won the Premier League and usually, a league-winning squad doesn’t need too many tweaks. All the club usually needs is one star addition to keep the players’ morale high. When no new signings are made, the squad morale tends to drop and this is an open secret. keeping this in mind, Liverpool must sign Kalidou Koulibaly.

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