Lovren to be used as makeweight in Koulibaly deal
Klopp seems solely concentrated at mending the Reds defense
Liverpool have intensified their quest for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of rivals, Manchester City.
Tuttosport in Italy reports on Monday, June 29, 2020, that the Reds would offer Dejan Lovren as makeweight for the Senegalese.
The £90m asking price of Napoli for the defender is too huge for the Reds after the Serie A club rejected an initial £58m bid from Liverpool.
The Reds are Premier League champions and are looking to defend their title and conquer Europe as they did last season through the acquisition of suitable players.
Lovren's time at Anfield seems done as supporters keep calling for his exit following a few blunders behind post, which has cost Liverpool in a few games although he is still an energetic player who will suit comfortably in a team that is not much into Klopp’s pressing and attacking style of play.
With his market value rated in the region of £15 – £20m, Jurgen Klopp believes his trade can lessen the value of Koulibaly.
Klopp lost out Timo Werner to Chelsea after failing to pay his £53m release clause.
If an initial bid of £58m for Koulibaly has been offered and rejected, it simply means the attack is not the German’s place of reinforcement with Mohamed Salah, Firmino and Mane expected to stay at Anfield – Origi, Minamino, and a few youngsters likely to be used as backups for them.
Manchester City are also in search for a central pair and have spotted the 29-year as the best option for their defense. Slips that caused the Cityzens a loss at Stamford Bridge last Thursday which handed Liverpool the title after Christian Pulisic solo effort goal was boring hence Pep’s quick interest in the former Genk star.