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Liverpool eyeing January move for Marcus Thuram

Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward appears to be eyeing up a move for Marcus Thuram in the January transfer window as he looks to give Jurgen Klopp some added firepower ahead of the second half of the season.

That’s according to German outlet Fussball Transfers who claim that the 25-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach forward is on their list of targets heading into the next window.

The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the current season and the Bundesliga side face a decision, sell in January for a reduced fee – thought to be £15m – or risk losing him for free in the summer.

Klopp should pounce and bring the forward to Anfield, especially with the fact he could be his very own Robert Lewandowski.

Liverpool’s answer to Lewa

Thuram – son of French World Cup winner Lilian – has scored a remarkable haul of 13 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions this season and is comparable to the Polish hitman as per FBref’s similar player model.

This season has seen the two strikers register extremely similar statistics when it comes to shots on target (30 to 28), goal-creating actions (8 to 7), and dribble success rate (both 50%).

His performances have led Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schäfer to describe him as “world class” and his statistics seem even better after he recovered from an injury-riddled campaign last year.

Being compared to one of the greatest strikers on the planet, perhaps over the previous decade, is no mean feat and Klopp should be acting swiftly to make this move happen as soon as possible.

Thuram’s Bundesliga WhoScored rating of 7.45 ranks him higher than any Liverpool player and there is no doubt he could shine in the Premier League.

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For the aforementioned fee of just £15m, which is loose change for the Anfield side, it could prove to be an excellent bargain and the Frenchman would give the Reds an extra attacking dynamic.

With European heavyweights Bayern Munich also interested, Klopp will need to present a solid case for why he should move to Liverpool. If he is lured to England, it could just be the most important transfer he makes this season with Ward aiming to bring in the club’s answer to a certain Lewandowski.

How that would certainly boost their hopes of what currently looks like an unlikely top-four finish.