Liverpool are reportedly preparing to offer up to €75m to sign Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the January transfer window to bolster their defensive options.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Liverpool could be better off avoiding a deal for Koulibaly and going in search of a younger defender. Koulibaly will be 30 by the start of the 2021/22 campaign, as will Virgil van Dijk, and that means that Liverpool could end up in a position where they need to replace their two starting centre-backs at the same time as they enter the final years of their careers at the top of their game.
It could, instead, be more beneficial for Liverpool to sign a younger defender who can be an option for the club going into the next six or seven years – rather than two or three. Whilst Koulibaly is an excellent defender, with a WhoScored rating of 7.34 in the Serie A this season, his age is a concern and paying up to €75m for someone who may only have two or three years left in his peak could be a slight waste – especially if they can use that money to get a younger option.
So, if Liverpool can find a centre-back in the 22-25 age range who they believe can improve their side it could be worth pursuing them over Koulibaly. However, if they are desperate for a proven defender who can come in and make an instant impact and are not worried about the long-term implications, Koulibaly could be a very good signing – as shown by his performances in the Serie A this term.