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Liverpool retain Kalidou Koulibaly interest and plot January move

 

Liverpool are still interested in Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly as Jurgen Klopp seeks to ease his defensive headache.

The reigning Premier League champions are set to be without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season after the Dutchman injured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Merseyside derby earlier this month.

His fellow defender Joel Matip is also sidelined at present, although his condition is not thought to be serious, while Fabinho who played lately at the centre of the backline injured his hamstring in the midweek victory over Midtjylland.

Liverpool ended that game with Joe Gomez pairing Rhys Williams in the heart of the backline, and that could be the combination on the field against West Ham in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Klopp has decided to put faith in Williams, as well as fellow youngsters Nat Phillips and Billy Koumetio, to fill in for the injured Van Dijk, Matip and Fabinho, but he is still expected to address the defence in the January transfer market.

Liverpool allowed Dejan Lovren to join Zenith in the summer and were always likely to struggle for options at centre-back with one or two fatal injuries.

Koulibaly, who is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in world football, was heavily linked with Manchester City in the summer.

He has also been spoken of as a potential Liverpool target in the past, and Klopp could attempt to bring him to Anfield when the winter window opens to solve the problem at the backline.

According to Calciomercato, the Reds are readying an offer for Koulibaly which they will submit in January.The Senegal international turns 30 next June and has continued to reiterate his commitment to Napoli in recent months as his contract runs until 2023.

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