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Just a day after their historic English Premiership title, Liverpool are reportedly expected to make a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as Jurgen Klopp goes full throttle in looking to strengthen his side’s place at the summit of English football.

On Thursday night, Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea secured Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years, cementing Klopp’s place in Anfield history, but the German is focused on building a dynasty and restoring past glories.

And Tuttomercato reports that Klopp is looking to bring in a defender to partner up with Virgil van Dijk, making Liverpool’s defence even more imperious.

Van Dijk and Co have conceded 21 league goals this season – a league low – but Koulibaly has been identified as the man to take the defence to the next level.

The Senegalese has long been linked with a move to England, although clubs have been put off by the £90million price set by Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis for the 29-year-old.


However, the Italian publication says that a move by the Premier League champions is expected in the coming days.

The coronavirus crisis has hampered the spending power of Europe’s elite, and Napoli may have to decrease their valuation of their star defender. Reports in Italy suggest that defender Dejan Lovren may be included in a deal to land Koulibaly.

The 29-year-old is a wanted man and has been heavily linked with a £72million move to Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola desperate for defensive reinforcements.

Koulibaly is also said to have turned down interest from Newcastle, who are on the cusp of a ground-breaking takeover.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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