Liverpool should make a move for Kalidou Koulibaly, according to former Reds striker John Aldridge.
The Napoli centre-back is seen as one of the best in the world in his position, following a string of superb performances this season.
Liverpool are experiencing something of a defensive crisis currently, with injuries galore and a worry that it will affect their Premier League title push.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Aldridge said going for Koulibaly would be another major statement of intent, and an upgrade on Dejan Lovren:
This is not a moment for Liverpool to hit the panic button, but I would urge the club to consider making a move in the transfer market that could allow them to fit the final piece of a title-winning jigsaw into place.
Dejan Lovren was a weak link in the defence once again as Jurgen Klopp’s men lost their first Premier League game of the season at Manchester City on Thursday.
And I suspect the Croatian will need to be replaced sooner rather than later if this team are to turn potential into success.
We have seen the impact made by Virgil van Dijk since his £75m arrival last January and I wonder whether a move for a powerhouse defender like Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly could give Klopp’s side the bit they need at the back.
Top-quality opposition continue to get joy out of targeting Lovren, as he as a tendency to lose concentration and this is why I believe Van Dijk needs an A-list defensive partner.
Koulibaly would be an outstanding signing, but it is still feels unlikely, particularly this month.
The impact Joe Gomez was having at centre-back before injury should also not be forgotten, with the youngster a possible long-term partner for Virgil van Dijk.
Should a deal for a Koulibaly ever materialise, however, having him alongside Van Dijk would be truly formidable.