Alex Manninger believes Naples defender Kalidou Koulibaly would be the perfect central defensive partner for Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool.
The 43-year-old Austrian, who saw the last year of his long career as a replacement for Liverpool in the 2016/17 season, spoke about the Senegalese international who has been linked to a move to Anfield this summer.
Koulibaly has acquired a reputation as one of the best semi-centers in European football, having played more than 200 matches with Napoli. But it is widely reported that he could leave the club this summer after their failure to get football in the Champions League.
“It was an honor for me to be able to end my career in Liverpool,” said Manninger, speaking on Italian radio Taca La Marca.
“Whoever arrives in Liverpool improves exponentially.
“Koulibaly could be another weapon and with Klopp, he could improve further. “
Gerard Houllier describes the hopes of Near Keita
In the context of ECHO’s exclusive interview with former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, the Frenchman described the qualities that made Naby Keita a talent as remarkable as a young one.
The 72-year-old is head of world football for Red Bull and spotted Keita as he played in the lower leagues of French football, suggesting that RB Salzburg signed him.
“Keita played for a” championship “team in France. They were struggling but he faced everyone outside the park ” Houllier told ECHO .
“Like when I saw Steven Gerrard; he was practically everywhere and his maturity was impressive, even under pressure. I recommended Salzburg to buy it and they followed me.
“He has a good attitude. Once it fits into the [Liverpool] team, he will stay there. ”
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Xherdan Shaqiri could stay in Liverpool next season
Xherdan Shaqiri could remain a Liverpool player beyond the summer, even though he has barely made it to the Reds title victory this season.
It had been suggested that the Swiss international would leave Anfield when the transfer window opens after an injury campaign that saw him make just three starts in all competitions, totaling less than 200 minutes in the Premier League.
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More The Athletic report that it could go nowhere in a climate of growing uncertainty in the transfer market.
It is also suggested that it is “unlikely that they will order anything close to the 30 million euros they were looking for before the pandemic.”