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Things are looking up for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his side (Trenka Attila/PA)

Things are looking up for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his side (Trenka Attila/PA)

Things are looking up for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his side (Trenka Attila/PA)

Liverpool are planning to sign TWO central defenders this summer - with the criteria for the double swoop put in place by manager Jurgen Klopp.

After a season that has been destroyed by injuries to key defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, Anfield chiefs have vowed to ensure Klopp's side will not be left exposed once again.

So they have set their sights on signing an experienced defender who is viewed as a replacement for injury-prone Matip, as well as a youthful performer who can be developed by the club's coaching staff.

The second of those players could be Ozan Kabak, who has impressed Klopp since he arrived on loan at Liverpool from Schalke in January and they remain strongly interested in RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konaté, as we revealed earlier this month.

"We looked at Kabak in his first couple of matches and people were not sure whether he was good enough, but that was probably a harsh judgement," declares Liverpool great John Aldridge.

"He has shown real promise in the last few matches and maybe he could be part of the answer to Liverpool's defensive problems this summer, along with the arrival of a more experienced centre-back."

The identity of the more experienced central defender who will be targeted by Liverpool remains under discussion, but Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly continues to be linked with a move to Anfield.

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly

Reports in Italy suggest Napoli are now looking to off-load Koulibaly for a cut-price fee this summer, as they look to cut their wage bill and try to off set some of their loses stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

That could open the door to the 29-year-old making a move to the Premier League, with the Senegal centre-back viewed as the perfect candidate to play alongside Van Dijk as Liverpool's first choice centre-back pairing next season.

"I like Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, but they are both injury prone and Liverpool need to make sure what has happened this season doesn't happen again," added Aldridge.

"That means bringing in two defenders this summer, with Kabak a contender for one of those roles. Nat Phillips could also be part of the first team plans next season, but Klopp will know he needs to sign at least two centre-backs."

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