Liverpool fans must be dreaming of having a world-class partner for Virgil van Dijk at centre-back, and they could have been watching the right man for the job on Wednesday night. Their 1-1 draw with Napoli gave fans a chance to take a closer look at 28-year-old Kalidou Koulibaly – and they were impressed, to say the least.
The 6 foot 3 Senegal international has played in 11 of Napoli’s 13 games this season in Serie A. According to WhoScored, he’s made the most clearances in the squad on average per game (three) and made the third-highest number of tackles per game on average (2.6). The site gave him a 7.31/10 rating for the game against Liverpool, and it’s no surprise he’s being linked with the likes of Barcelona.
Liverpool fans took to Twitter to suggest how incredible both him and Virgil van Dijk would be as a partnership at the back, and some were begging Jurgen Klopp to go out and sign him.
You can see some of their reactions to the possibility below:
Imagine Van Dijk and Koulibaly?
Would probably be illegal.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) November 27, 2019
We might actually start managing to keep clean sheets again 😬
— Ket (@KKBeeptal) November 28, 2019
Wouldn’t be fair on other teams
— Dec (@declanowen11) November 27, 2019
Can’t help thinking how clean sheets would definently return with a VVD – Koulibaly partnership. He’s probably the only CB I would put on same level with Van Dijk at the moment. #LFC #Liverpool https://t.co/IGea1EEI9m
— Liverpoolzy (@Liverpool_zy) November 27, 2019
Dream team. Make it happen Jurgen please
— Keefus Maximus (@kbar63) November 27, 2019
Get him to liverpool
— Adam Belgrave (@AdamBelgrave8) November 28, 2019
Man, Koulibaly is a beast.
— Matt (@FalseFMatt) November 27, 2019
Liverpool fans, who do you want to be Virgil van Dijk’s partner at the back next season?
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