‘Liverpool not in the market for “a Neymar or Lionel Messi” Fans have been told as Barnes opens up on Koulibaly move

Liverpool will not be breaking the bank for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, claims John Barnes, with the Reds not in the market for “a Neymar or Lionel Messi”.

Liverpool are now the Champions League and Premier League Champions after a remarkable 12 months which has seen them become one of the best sides in the game right now, but there has been talk that a number of players could be signed.

That has led to speculation in the media which has suggested that Liverpool are keen to try and sign up Koulibaly, who is expected to leave Napoli when the transfer window opens up.

However, there is now talk that Manchester City are keen on the powerhouse and are ready to pay big money to try and get a deal done, something which will mean Liverpool would have to pay silly money to compete.

But Barnes claims Liverpool will not be breaking the bank for Koulibaly, He said: “If Manchester City offer Koulibaly twice the salary, then he’ll go to Manchester City.

“The whole idea that Liverpool are the champions and that means he’ll go to them, that’s not the case.

“Liverpool is an attractive proposition, as attractive as anybody else, whether they are more attractive than Barcelona or Manchester City I don’t think that’s necessarily true.

“What may happen is that his type of football may suit Liverpool. I don’t think he’s suited to the type of football that Manchester City play.

“Liverpool are always looking to improve on players and you’re always going to be linked with players if you’re a big club and it’s a good time to buy when you’re at the top.

“I don’t think there’ll be many signings coming to Liverpool. If there’s a signing that they feel will improve them they’ll do that, but that’s no different to any other club.

“Liverpool won’t break the bank to sign anybody, the type of player Liverpool want isn’t going to be a Neymar or Messi who you may have to break the bank for, so they will able to get the players they want but they won’t have to break the bank for them.”

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