Andrea Dossena has urged Liverpool to go and sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly this summer.
The former Reds defender, now 38, believes the Senegal centre-back would be the perfect signing for Jurgen Klopp and that a partnership with Virgil van Dijk would “become a big barrier”.
Koulibaly has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer and Manchester United were last week said to have entered into a battle with Liverpool for the 28-year-old, before offers from both clubs were revealed.
The two clubs are said to have offered less to Napoli in transfer fees and also less to Koulibaly himself than Newcastle, who were said to be in “pole position” for the centre-back’s signature.
Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in a deal but, according to La Repubblica (via Calciomercato), Napoli have demanded that Koulibaly be sold for no less than €100million.
Former left-back Dossena thinks that Napoli will have to sell some of their players this summer if they fail to reach the Champions League and he thinks Koulibaly is the missing piece of Klopp’s jigsaw.
Speaking to Radio Musica TV, Dossena said: “If the league resumes, Napoli will struggle to qualify for the Champions League, so they will have to sell some important players.
“Klopp is missing one piece to complete a stratospheric squad and the Koulibaly-Van Dijk pairing could become a big barrier. Liverpool have no economic problems and therefore a deal with the English club would be within reach.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has claimed that none of the club’s famous front three will be sold, even if they grow unsettled at Anfield.
The attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been a major part of Liverpool’s success in recent years under Jurgen Klopp, scoring 38 Premier League goals between them this season.