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Liverpool won’t break the bank for Koulibaly, they also don’t want a Neymar or Messi

Goal: The former Reds star cannot see the Premier League champions splashing the cash on any player, especially if they face competition for signatures

Liverpool will not be breaking the bank for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, claims John Barnes, with the Reds not in the market for “a Neymar or Lionel Messi” which requires them to spend big.

A raid on Napoli for another proven centre-half has been mooted for those at Anfield.

The Premier League title has been secured by Jurgen Klopp’s side in record-breaking style this season, but those on Merseyside are aware of the need to seek continuous improvement, and that means further bolstering star-studded ranks if the right additions become available.

Barnes concedes that Koulibaly would fall into that category as the “finished article” , with it possible that the Senegal international could aid the ongoing development of Joe Gomez, rather than stunt the 23-year-old’s progress.

The Reds legend told BonusCodeBets : “Koulibaly is a very good player and you’re looking at Joe Gomez coming through and he could help him, Koulibaly is already the finished article so if they get him that would be a good signing for them.

“If they don’t get him, well they’re still 25 points better than any other team, so as long as they don’t lose players…

“I don’t think there’s necessarily a reason to go out and make big-name signings. Yes, they’ve signed [Takumi] Minamino and they may be able to sign some players that aren’t going to go straight into the first team, but I don’t think they necessarily need that.”

Barnes does not expect Klopp to be drawn into a bidding war for any player in the next window and is not convinced that Liverpool’s standing as champions means that they are guaranteed to fend off competition for top targets .

He added: “If Manchester City offer Koulibaly twice the salary, then he’ll go to Manchester City.

“The whole idea that Liverpool are the champions and that means he’ll go to them, that’s not the case.

“Liverpool is an attractive proposition, as attractive as anybody else, whether they are more attractive than Barcelona or Manchester City I don’t think that’s necessarily true.

“What may happen is that his type of football may suit Liverpool. I don’t think he’s suited to the type of football that Manchester City play.

“Liverpool are always looking to improve on players and you’re always going to be linked with players if you’re a big club and it’s a good time to buy when you’re at the top.

“I don’t think there’ll be many signings coming to Liverpool. If there’s a signing that they feel will improve them they’ll do that, but that’s no different to any other club.

“Liverpool won’t break the bank to sign anybody, the type of player Liverpool want isn’t going to be a Neymar or Messi who you may have to break the bank for, so they will able to get the players they want but they won’t have to break the bank for them.”

Source: Published by Goal

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Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Maurizio sarri work hard at Chelsea

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Liverpool need to add

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Transfer must go on

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Jose mourinho is a great

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Good news for midfielder

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Nice one for Jesus carvalho

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Quick recovery

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

They still have good players

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Signing of good players must move on

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
1 month ago

Good decision for Liverpool

Ezema paul
Ezema paul
1 month ago

Lol 😂

Ezema oliver uchenna
Ezema oliver uchenna
1 month ago

Liverpool just need to sign some players

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
1 month ago

They should sign players

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

Chelsea need more players

Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
1 month ago

They really need new signing

Olalere Oluwasegun
Olalere Oluwasegun
1 month ago

Transfer must go on

Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
1 month ago

good decision

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

Liverpool don’t need to break bank

Abdulmumini yusuf
Abdulmumini yusuf
1 month ago

They should find alternative not messi

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Nice update

Ayorinde Olanrewaju
Ayorinde Olanrewaju
1 month ago

Messi I laff

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
1 month ago

He is not ideal fit for Liverpool precisely Napoli is demanding much

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Wiw, very interesting to know

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
1 month ago

It’s a good one.

Nwakasi Ikenna
Nwakasi Ikenna
1 month ago

Liverpool have to make good decisions ooo

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
1 month ago

There should be more signing of new players

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
1 month ago

Liverpool need to sign more great players

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
1 month ago

Neymar is a no no

Akinrinade Akinniyi
Akinrinade Akinniyi
1 month ago

They need to transfer

Raheeem mustapha abiodun
Raheeem mustapha abiodun
1 month ago

Well said by club legend

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
1 month ago

Interesting

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
1 month ago

Better for Liverpool

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
1 month ago

Nice one

Udu nkiru
Udu nkiru
1 month ago

Liverpool should sign more players nah

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

Nice update

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
1 month ago

Liverpool needs more addition

Amiwero Davidson
Amiwero Davidson
1 month ago

Liverpool need more signings

Okpala Izunna Emmanuel
Okpala Izunna Emmanuel
1 month ago

Liverpool are doing well already no need for a big name signing

Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
1 month ago

Liverpool players are classy,why need more

Okafor stella
Okafor stella
1 month ago

Liverpool need’s more reputation

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
1 month ago

That’s right

Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
1 month ago

That will be a good decision

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
1 month ago

That’s really great for Liverpool.

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

Good news for midfeilder

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
1 month ago

Transfer must go on.

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Transfer must occur