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Former Liverpool star urges club to replace “weak link” with this Senegal powerhouse



Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli

Former Liverpool player John Aldridge wants the club to replace Dejan Lovren with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Croatian had done a pretty good job replacing Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the heart of our defence. However, he made a few errors in our 2-1 loss against Manchester City which cut our lead at the top of the Premier League.

Speaking to the Irish Independent (h/t Metro), Aldridge claimed the Reds don’t have to hit the “panic button” but they need to sign the final piece for a title-winning side.

The former Red added that Lovren is a “weak link” in the side and has to be replaced sooner rather than later. Aldridge further claimed that teams target the Croatian and we need someone who can make a huge impact at the club.

“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.”

Dejan Lovren Liverpool

Dejan Lovren celebrates for Liverpool

Although Lovren has an error or two in him, he had done a decent job till that City game. The Croatian wasn’t in the first-team regularly at the start of the season as Joe Gomez had partnered Van Dijk in the heart of the defence.

The Reds are in a huge crisis at the moment but we need Joel Matip and Gomez to return from their injuries as early as possible.

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Koulibaly has been linked with a £90million to Manchester United (h/t Metro), and it would be an incredible piece of business if we sign the Senegal defender next season.


A massive Liverpool fan with a twisted sense of humour, guess that's what supporting the Reds does to you. Left behind the corporate world to set up The Kop Times

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