Liverpool would be an unstoppable proposition if they signed Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, according to the club’s former midfielder Don Hutchison.
While the top of the table Reds wait to be allowed to resume their Premier League title quest, there would appear to be little thought of any summer transfers at Anfield given the financial complications surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
But despite that, and indeed the form of Joe Gomez, Hutchison has urged his former club to enter the market for Sadio Mane’s Senegal international teammate Koulibaly, who could leave Napoli this summer.
“I think if Koulibaly comes through the door and he plays alongside Virgil van Dijk, I think you wrap the title up right there,” Hutchison, who spent four years at Liverpool between 1990 and 1994, told ESPN FC.
“I don’t think there’s anyone better, there won’t be another partnership like it.
“The best defenders out there in Europe apart from the Premier League at the moment is Milan Skriniar at Inter [Milan], my gut feeling is he’s going to join Pep [Guardiola] at Man City, and alongside him is Koulibaly.
“I think at 28 he’s a great age, he’s got good pace, he’s strong, he’s a leader.
“I think he walks straight into Liverpool’s line up and he makes them harder to beat, he makes them a physical presence.
“You wouldn’t want to play against Van Dijk or Koulibaly – how on earth as a striker as a striker do you even think about getting any joy out of those two?
“I think if you’re going to win titles and you want to try and adapt, Liverpool have to be harder to beat.
“You have to go into Europe and you have to have people like Koulibaly who can lead you in Europe.
“You can try and go that way when games are tight if you want a clean sheet, Koulibaly and Van Dijk, [Andy] Robertson and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] would be nigh-on impossible to break down, Alisson behind them.
“And it would just put fear I would imagine into every manager and every player that lines up against Liverpool trying to come up with a game plan of how you’re actually going to score goals, what is Liverpool’s weakness going to be?
“And with Koulibaly and Van Dijk and Alisson as that sort of triangle, that three, they would take some beating.”