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Could James Tarkowski be an option for Liverpool amid defensive crisis?

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Could James Tarkowski be an option for Liverpool amid defensive crisis?

Liverpool are undoubtedly in a defensive crisis, with Joe Gomez the latest Reds defender to suffer an injury.

The club have lost Virgil van Dijk for the foreseeable future after he sustained ACL damage which has required surgery, and Trent Alexander-Arnold is also out for around a month with a calf problem.

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Fabinho is still recovering from a hamstring issue, while Joel Matip’s injury record during his time at the club is far from encouraging.

Talk is increasing about Jurgen Klopp possibly splashing the cash in January, and it’s hard to look past the German  doing that at this point.

January deals are always difficult, but there is one potentially realistic option that might be worth looking at.

Burnley star James Tarkowski has just given an interview with the Telegraph in which is states how he feels there was a ‘missed opportunity’ for him in the last transfer window.

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The Clarets supposedly turned down transfer offers from Leicester and West Ham, and it seems the 27-year-old is thinking about life beyond Turf Moor.

 

He’s said he won’t sign an extension, so perhaps the Reds could consider a swoop given their worrying situation.

TBR’s View – Underrated Tarkowski should be considered

Liverpool have confirmed Gomez has undergone knee surgery and said the player is likely to miss a ‘significant part’ of the remainder of 2020/21 – but the club needed a new, established centre-half irrespective of this news.

Tarkowski has been quietly superb for Burnley since joining the club in 2016 from Brentford.

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The £50,000-a-week star is durable (Spotrac), evidenced by the fact he played every minute in the Premier League last term, and is now just coming into his prime years.

He strikes a lovely blend between defending as a centre-half should and ball-playing from the back as is the way these days.

Burnley are going to have to consider selling soon since he won’t pen a new deal, and Liverpool could do a lot worse than to make a move for the Manchester-born star.

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