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Aldridge: Liverpool should replace weak link Lovren with Koulibaly

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Former Liverpool star John Aldridge believes “weak link” Dejan Lovren should be replaced by Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly to complete their “title-winning jigsaw”

The Reds forked out a record £75m for Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk last year from Southampton and boosted their defence again by signing AS Roma’s Alisson Becker for £66.8m last summer.

Both players have since delivered on their big price tags with Liverpool boasting the Premier League’s best defensive record with just 10 goals conceded in 21 games.

But Lovren continues to fail in impressing at Anfield after another below-par display in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City last week.

The Croatia international made the stunning claim in July that he’s one of the world’s greatest defenders.

But, for Aldridge, Liverpool would be better off considering an approach for Koulibaly from Napoli.

“But I would urge the club to consider making a move in the transfer market that could allow them to fit the final piece of a title-winning jigsaw into place,” Aldridge told the Irish Independent.

“Dejan Lovren was a weak link in the defence once again as Jurgen Klopp’s men lost their first Premier League game of the season at Manchester City on Thursday.

“And I suspect the Croatian will need to be replaced sooner rather than later if this team are to turn potential into success.

“We have seen the impact made by Virgil van Dijk since his £75m arrival last January and I wonder whether a move for a powerhouse defender like Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly could give Klopp’s side the bit they need at the back.

“Top-quality opposition continue to get joy out of targeting Lovren, as he as a tendency to lose concentration and this is why I believe Van Dijk needs an A-list defensive partner.”

Aldridge played as a striker for Liverpool in the 1980s and scored 63 goals in 104 appearances.