Virgil van Dijk will miss a significant part of Liverpool’s 2020/21 campaign after suffering a serious injury in October.
Earlier this week, Jürgen Klopp’s defensive worries further increased after Joe Gomez joined the Dutchman in the Reds’ treatment room.
The England international picked up a knee injury during a training session with the Three Lions and has already undergone surgery.
The Van Dijk and Gomes setbacks leave the former Borussia Dortmund manager with only Joel Matip as a senior centre-back in the squad.
On Friday, the Mirror reported the English champions are set to sign a new centre-back in January and Kalidou Koulibaly, who has long been linked with the Merseyside club, is back on Liverpool’s radar. The report even stated Klopp rates the Napoli player highly.
Area Napoli have relayed the claims made in England and also explain about the Serie A club’s demands to sanction the defender’s sale in the winter market.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain showed interest in the player in the summer, but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wasn’t willing to move away from his initial asking price of €70m.
The outlet now states De Laurentiis hasn’t changed his stance and will offer ‘no discounts’ for the 29-year-old’s transfer in January. According to Area Napoli, Koulibaly’s asking price starts from €70m.
Time should tell whether Liverpool are ready to invest €70m in Koulibaly, who will turn 30 years of age before the start of next season.