Now that Gonzalo Higuain has abandoned his Napoli team-mates for a shot at the big time again with Juventus, it’s a good time to try and pick the rest of the Naples carcass. Liverpool, naturally, should be one of the teams looking at every way possible to bolster their current squad and there are several desirable commodities still available.
Higuain’s departure is yet another in a long list of stars who have departed as Napoli continue to crave a Scudetto, as Juventus’ Italian dominance continues. Liverpool are also accustomed to losing their best players, although they could turn from bullied child to playground menace if they move for some of Napoli’s greatest talents.
Jurgen Klopp’s desire to take Liverpool back to the ‘glory days’ is irrepressible. However we dress it up, Klopp’s Liverpool in 2016/17 are likely to be stronger than any team the Kop have supported in this millennium.
Saying that, more invested is needed for a title push. Could these THREE Napoli stars be the answer?
Defensive midfielders are too often overlooked in the modern game and Liverpool are a team that are as guilty of this as any club in the land right now. The brilliance of Emre Can, industry of James Milner and power of Jordan Henderson are all good and well but there is no balance in the current midfield.
Jorginho, although not a destroyer, would be able to slot right in to the number six role for Liverpool and dictate the tempo of the game.
Rather than relying on the physical side of the game, Jorginho is a great reader of the situation and a reliable passer. The Brazilian averaged over 90% pass completion throughout 2015/16 and could be the player to keep Liverpool’s midfield ticking over.
After a difficult start to life with Napoli, Koulibaly has become one of their most important players and impressed alongside Raul Albiol in the heart of the defence. The Senegalese star is one of the most sought after prospects in Europe and it would take a sizeable transfer fee for Liverpool to secure his signature.
Although Sakho, Matip and Lovren are solid enough, Koulibaly would immediately make the Liverpool defence seem significantly more secure. His record of completing over 2.5 interceptions and 2.5 tackles per Serie A game last season goes to show just how good he is.
Able to both read the game and compete physically with even the most powerful forwards, Koulibaly would be a signing to prove that Liverpool can compete with the best.
Alberto Moreno seems to be living on borrowed time at Liverpool, and understandably so.
The 25-year-old left-back from Napoli, Faouzi Ghoulam, would be a perfect alternative for Klopp. Although he can be foolish defensively too, Ghoulam has a far more rounded game than Moreno and would make for the ideal raiding wing-back that Klopp so desperately craves.
Left-back is yet another area that Liverpool fans will be hoping Klopp reinforces this summer and there are few better options than Ghoulam.