Napoli stand firm on hefty Kalidou Koulibaly asking price amid Liverpool link

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp looks set to be linked with a host of potential January transfer targets due to the growing injury crisis at Anfield.

The losses of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to knee surgeries has robbed Klopp of his first-choice centre back partnership for the bulk of the 2020/21.

Defensive reinforcements are set to be a priority for Klopp in the winter market, but the former Borussia Dortmund coach is open to strengthening his squad if the right deal is available.

We look at the latest transfer rumours swirling around at Anfield.

Napoli stick to €70m asking price for Kalidou Koulibaly

Serie A giants Napoli will not lower their current asking price of €70m for Liverpool transfer target Kalidou Koulibly in the January window.

Jurgen Klopp has been heavily linked with a move the Senegalese international, as a possible long-term partner for Virgil Van Dijk, ahead of Joe Gomez.

However, despite rumoured optimism from Liverpool that they could bring Napoli’s valuation down under €60m, reports from the Liverpool Echo , via Sports Witness, claim the Italian side will not budge on their position.

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly determined to hold out for his full asking price, with speculation intensifying that Manchester City and Real Madrid could enter the race to sign the 29-year old next summer.

Juventus join the race for Liverpool target David Alaba

Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus have become the latest side to be linked with a move for Bayern Munich star David Alaba.

Alaba could leave the Allianz Arena in January after failing to agree a contract extension in Bavaria, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.

If Bayern opt to sell him in a cut price deal at the start of January, to avoid losing him on a free transfer, that could spark a scramble for his signature.

Reports from Italian outlet Tuttosport claim Pirlo is a fan of the versatile 28-year old, with the defending Serie A champions willing to make an offer in 2021.

However, Liverpool remain interested in a move for the Alaba, as per a report from the Daily Mail , as Jurgen Klopp aims to plug his defensive gaps in the winter market.

Alaba would provide a real boost of experience to Klopp’s squad if a deal can be agreed, with the Austrian international able to operate at centre back, full back and in midfield.

Nathaniel Phillips VfB Stuttgart loan return blocked

Liverpool will not allow defender Nathaniel Phillips to return to VfB Stuttgart in the New Year.

The 23-year old impressed during two loan spells with the Bundesliga side last season, after being temporarily recalled to play in the 1-0 FA Cup Third Round win over Everton in January, before heading back to Germany.

However, the injury situation at Liverpool has forced Klopp to bring him in from the cold, with the former Bolton Wanderers defender making his first ever Premier League appearance alongside Gomez. in last month’s 2-1 win over West Ham.

Reports from Bild, via Inside Futbol , claim Stuttgart have contacted Liverpool over the potential for another loan in January, but Jurgen Klopp has rejected their advances as he wants to keep his defensive options open in the coming months.

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