Liverpool are set to be rebuilt this summer after failing to maintain their high standards this season and now a new update has appeared on one of the club’s top targets.
What’s the latest on Liverpool’s interest in Khephren Thuram?
According to Football Transfers, Liverpool are in advanced talks to sign OGC Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram this summer.
According to the report, Anfield is the French star’s preferred destination with his World Cup-winning father Lilian leading negotiations to secure a deal for his son, but Liverpool are said to have rivals with Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain also named as potential suitors for Thuram.
Who would replace Thuram at Liverpool?
There is no doubt that a midfield rebuild is desperately needed at the red side of Merseyside, particularly after the confirmed departures of James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita next month.
That leaves Jurgen Klopp with an incredibly thin and aging set of midfielders left behind with Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara well into their 30s, while Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Stefan Bajcetic and Fabinho make up for the remaining players left at the disposal of the manager with majority lack of experience.
As a result, the opportunity to sign Thuram couldn’t have come at a better time for the Merseysiders and the France international could be the perfect upgrade for Keita’s departure.
It’s no secret that the Guinean’s time at Anfield has been negatively affected by a terrible injury record which has prevented him from consistently showing his talent on the pitch, which Thuram could improve massively if he does. was moving to Anfield.
Over 35 Ligue 1 appearances, the 22-year-old – nicknamed “Perfect” by journalist Alex Jaquin – has scored two goals, recorded four assists and created nine great chances, as well as averaging 1.1 key passes and 1.3 dribbles completed as a marker of the impact he can have in the last third.
Thuram does look like the full package well and truly, proving to be a well-oiled defensive machine as well, racking up 1.1 interceptions, 1.5 tackles and winning 3.8 duels per game.
Thuram’s outstanding campaign hasn’t gone unnoticed with team-mate and former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey hailing him for his impact in the middle of the pitch:
“Khéphren is another talented player here. I think he definitely has a great future ahead of him if he continues like he is doing now.
“He is very dangerous, very powerful, a very good dribbler of the ball. I hope he can continue to improve. He is another player who can go all the way to the top, I think. I like to play his sides in the middle of the park; I think we have a good balance there.”
The talented youngster – who will cost €60m (£52m) to sign – has shown glimpses of his strong abilities to be a reliable and consistent midfielder without any major injury issues during his spell. short career so far. , making him the ideal candidate to replace Keita and should be able to comfortably improve on Liverpool’s minimal midfield impact.
That being said, it would be a no-brainer for Liverpool to call on Thuram’s services this summer as he could continue to develop and shape his skills under Klopp’s guidance and become a key part of restoring success at the club for years to come. come.