Man United on alert as Liverpool urged to land International No.3 defender

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has advised Jurgen Klopp to replace Croatian star Dejan Lovren with ‘powerhouse defender’ Kalidou Koulibaly this January window.

Joe Gomez impressed alongside Dutch star Virgil van Dijk at the start of the campaign, but the young England centre-half has been out of action since the beginning of last month with an ankle fracture.

Aldridge believes Reds must look to bring in a replacement for the Croatian star and has suggested that Napoli key man Koulibaly could be the answer.

Koulibaly has been strongly linked with a £90 million move to Old Trafford in the latest weeks. Speaking to the Irish Independent, one-time Liverpool striker Aldridge said:

‘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 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.’