JOHN BARNES believes Jurgen Klopp may ‘simply’ persuade Kalidou Koulibaly to signal for Liverpool in January.
The previous Crimson reckons Napoli’s star centre-back would soar on the probability of lining up alongside Virgil van Dijk.
John Barnes believes Liverpool ought to be chasing Napoli star Kalidou KoulibalyCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
But when Koulibaly is unavailable this winter, Barnes provides Liverpool shouldn’t look to signal a special participant as there’s no person else who can enhance the staff.
Koulibaly and different Napoli gamers are believed to not have been paid since July after the Italians have been hit with a cashflow disaster.
It means their largest names might be out there on a budget.
And Koulibaly is the most important of all of them after establishing himself as one in every of Europe’s prime defenders.
And the Blues additionally look set to pip the likes of Liverpool to Bayern Munich contract insurgent David Alaba.
Nonetheless, Barnes believes Koulibaly could be most tempted by a transfer to Anfield ought to the chance come up.
Present star defender Virgil van Dijk is sidelined with a cruciate ligament harm and will miss the remainder of the season.
However Barnes reckons the chance to play alongside the Dutchman when he’s match is sufficient of a motive to show Koulibaly’s head.
Nonetheless, ought to Napoli fail to be compelled into promoting, Barnes says the Reds are higher off avoiding the likes of Alaba as he wouldn’t enhance the present facet.
Barnes instructed BonusCodeBets: “If Koulibaly comes, he’s a participant that would play alongside Van Dijk when he returns.
“So it will be straightforward to speak Koulibaly into becoming a member of Liverpool, in contrast to another prime gamers as a result of he’s an individual that if he comes would go straight into the primary staff and play each match.
“Apart from Koulibaly, I don’t suppose there’s anybody on the market that Liverpool would look to get in January.
Virgil van Dijk may miss the remainder of the season with a knee harmCredit score: AFP or licensors
Barnes believes Jurgen Klopp shouldn’t goal different gamers if he cannot signal KoulibalyCredit score: Reuters
“If Liverpool are unable to get anybody to enhance the primary staff then why signal a brand new participant?
“January shouldn’t be all the time the most effective time to purchase as a result of all the highest gamers you need are going to be within the Champions League.
“So it could be onerous to persuade them to return in the event that they’re not going to be enjoying each week.
“If Liverpool are determined and wish any individual, they’ll get them in, however I don’t suppose Jurgen Klopp is a specific fan of shopping for in January.
“The state of affairs determines what occurs come January in the event that they’re prime and never conceding too many targets.
“Perhaps they don’t want to try this. In January you possibly can spend some huge cash and never essentially enhance the squad.”