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Kalidou Koulibaly asking price remains set in stone as Liverpool linked to Napoli defender

Napoli are set to stand firm on their €70million valuation on Kalidou Koulibaly, with Liverpool reportedly monitoring the situation.

Jurgen Klopp is facing a defensive injury crisis with a whole host of players facing spells on the sidelines.

After selling Dejan Lovren and Ki-Jana Hoever in the summer window, Klopp claimed he had enough options at his disposal to not replace either.

However, less than two months into the campaign, Klopp is facing a scenario where just one of his first choice back-four will be available for this weekend’s clash with Leicester City.

Virgil van Dijk could miss the entire season after suffering an ACL injury

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have both suffered serious knee injuries, with the pair having recently underwent surgery.

An injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold has exacerbated the issue, while Rhys Williams has been withdrawn from England U21 duty with a potential hip problem.

That means that Klopp could look into the transfer market to try and solve his problems at the back.

A number of names have been linked with a move to Anfield, including Napoli star Koulibaly.

Klopp is believed to be a fan of the central defender, but according to Area Napoli (via Sport Witness), the Italians are refusing to budge on their transfer demands.

Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked with a move to Anfield

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis stood firm during the summer, when Man City and PSG were linked and the outlet states he has not changed his stance.

That could be a stumbling block over any potential approach, with Reds transfer supremo Michael Edwards unwilling to fork out that muhc.

Speaking on The Transfer Window podcast, Ian McGarry revealed Liverpool were unwilling to meet Napoli’s demands in the summer because of Koulibaly’s age.

He claimed that “Liverpool are not willing to spend that amount of money on a 29-year-old.”

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