Manchester City maintained an interest in Kalidou Koulibaly before they completed the signing of Rúben Dias from Benfica in the summer.

Liverpool were also linked with the Napoli defender, but there weren’t any concrete claims to suggest the Reds retained a firm interest in the 29-year-old.

Since then, Jürgen Klopp lost his star centre-back Virgil van Dijk to a long-term injury earlier his month.

Fabinho, who was deployed in the back four in the Dutchman’s absence, also picked up an injury against FC Midtjylland on Tuesday, meaning the English champions are short of options in the centre-half position and Van Dijk’s serious setback could force them to enter into the winter market.

Koulibaly is back on the Merseyside club’s radar. According to Calciomercato, Liverpool will ‘return to charge’ for signing the Senegal international in January.

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Area Napoli have relayed Calciomercato’s report and provide their own information on this case and state it would have been easier for Liverpool to take the African in the summer.

That’s because Napoli have enjoyed a good start to the season, winning four league matches. Therefore, Gennaro Gattuso ‘will not want to give up’ on Koulibaly midway through the campaign and the report adds the Italian club’s management also share the same views as their manager.