‘Koulibaly’s Liverpool links are harsh on Gomez’ – McAteer not convinced by talk of big-money deals

The former Reds star believes that Jurgen Klopp will continue to favour “the team, not the individual” and show faith in those he already has

Talk of Liverpool making a move for Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly is “a bit harsh on Joe Gomez”, says Jason McAteer, with Jurgen Klopp anticipated to continue favouring “the team, not the individual” when piecing together his summer transfer plans.

The Reds been employed by hard to plug defensive leaks over recent years.

The £75 million ($95m) signing of Virgil van Dijk in January 2018 proved to be inspired, with the Dutchman having played a respected role in the Champions League and Premier League successes which have followed.

He is known as to have helped raise the game of those around him, including England international Gomez.

With that in your mind, McAteer sees no requirement for the Reds to invest heavily again in another centre-half – particularly as they have now been careful not to disrupt team spirit in a happy Anfield camp.

The former Liverpool midfielder told the Racing Post: “Liverpool have been related to a move for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, along with plenty of the others, and with Dejan Lovren leaving people have demonstrably put two and two together.

“But that might be a little harsh on Joe Gomez, who I do believe has worked well with Virgil van Dijk and has done nothing wrong, so we shall have to see.

“Liverpool will be linked with big-name players nonetheless it is not just about everything you do on the pitch.

“There are other considerations to produce and the method that you fit in with the club and the way things are done at Anfield. And Klopp has embraced this completely.

“It’s in regards to the team, not the individual.

“Roberto Firmino is a great example. People may be concerned that he hasn’t scored a league goal at Anfield for greater than a year, but I’m not worried.

“You need all of the ingredients to create a great cake and his movement is incredible. He creates so much for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane and sacrifices their own scoring output.

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“He’s not a really centre forward. He links everything and is a massive piece of the jigsaw. You really can appreciate what he does if you just concentrate on what he’s doing.

“It’s about all the ingredients working together. That’s why Liverpool have been so successful over the last couple of years.”

It remains to be seen whether Klopp will dip back to the transfer market come july 1st, with Liverpool also being heavily related to the likes of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara and Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz.