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.

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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.