Former Reds star can’t see Premier League champions spending money on any player, especially if facing competition for signatures
A raid on Napoli for another proven half-power plant was planned for those of Anfield.
The Premier League title was won by Jurgen Klopp’s team in record style this season, but those in Merseyside are aware of the need to seek continuous improvement, which means further strengthening the star ranks if the right additions become available.
Barnes recognizes that Koulibaly would fall into this category as “finished item” , with the possibility that the Senegal international could help Joe Gomez’s ongoing development, rather than hampering the 23-year-old’s progress.
The legend of the Reds told BonusCodeBets : “Koulibaly is a very good player and you are watching Joe Gomez go by and he could help him, Koulibaly is already the finished article, so if they get it, it would be a good signing for them.
“If they don’t get it, well, they’re still 25 points better than any other team, so long as they don’t lose players…
“I don’t think there is necessarily a reason to go out and sign big names. Yes they signed [Takumi] Minamino and they may be able to recruit players who don’t go directly to the first team, but I don’t think they necessarily need it. “
Barnes does not expect Klopp to be drawn into a bidding war for any player in the next window and is not convinced that Liverpool’s position as champion means they are sure to beat the competition for the best targets .
He added: “If Manchester City offer Koulibaly double the salary, then he will go to Manchester City.
“The idea that Liverpool is the champion and that means it will go to them is not the case.
“Liverpool is an attractive proposition, as attractive as anyone else, that they be more attractive than Barcelona or Manchester City, I don’t think that’s necessarily true.
“What can happen is that his type of football can suit Liverpool. I don’t think it is suitable for the type of football that Manchester City plays.
“Liverpool are always looking to improve the players and you will always be linked to the players if you are a big club and now is a good time to buy when you are at the top.
“I don’t think there will be a lot of signings in Liverpool. If there is a signature that they think will improve them, they will, but it is no different from any other club.
“Liverpool will not break the bank to sign anyone, the type of player Liverpool wants will not be a Neymar or Messi for whom you may have to break the bank, so they can get the players they want but they won’t have to break the bank for them. “