Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have to consider two important factors if he wants to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly at the end of the season. The Reds are among some of Europe’s biggest clubs that have joined the bidding war over Koulibaly, who is a standout performer in the Serie A.
But Robbie Savage believes that Klopp will have to consider the centre-back’s immense asking price, which is said to be north of £100million, as well as the player’s wage demands.
Savage also claimed that the Senegal international will expect to start in every game, which could lead to the German manager having to limit Joe Gomez’s game time.
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The pundit said in his column at the Daily Mirror: “At the back you’ve got world class talent in goal, at full-back and at centre-half.
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“Again, if you’re talking about a Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli you’d have to consider two things.
“Firstly, it would be a huge outlay in terms of both the transfer fee (Napoli are talking about around £100m) and wages for a player who is now 29.
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“Secondly, he’d want to play. The faith that Jurgen has in 23-year-old Joe Gomez suggests that wouldn’t be the case – and, let me tell you, there is nothing worse than when you’ve trained all week and the team-sheet goes up on game day and your name is not on it.
“You then have to factor in the humility and the hunger which is a big part of Liverpool’s success. And if you looked at Wednesday night against Crystal Palace, they were three up and they were hunting the ball down.
“If you bring in quality, then you get those players to retain that hunger. It’s a wonderful problem for Liverpool to have of course but these are important considerations.”
Liverpool sealed their first league title in 30 years on Thursday after Manchester City lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Klopp doesn’t appear keen to splash the cash in the summer after dropping out of the chase for RB Leipzig star Timo Werner.
Werner is now set to join Chelsea, who agreed to meet his £47.6million asking price having already agreed a deal to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.
Liverpool are set to take on City at the Etihad on Thursday where they will be receiving a guard of honour.
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