Liverpool needed a stable centre-back like Tarkowski in summer window

Liverpool should have made an attempt to sign Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski amid claims from manager Jurgen Klopp that he could be short of defenders for Sunday’s Premier League opener against West Ham United.

What’s the word?

Liverpool had one of the more successful transfer windows compared to their top-four rivals in the Premier League.

Manchester United brought in just one first-team member in the form of midfielder Fred, while Manchester City’s only major signing was Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.

Tottenham Hotspur had the worst window of all, though, as they failed to bring in a single new player before Thursday’s deadline.

Liverpool strengthened the midfield with Fabinho and Naby Keita, while Xherdan Shaqiri joined the attack and Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson arrived with pressure on his shoulders following his switch from Roma.

Despite suffering with problems in defence, the Reds opted against signing a new centre-back, but after Klopp confirmed that a handful of defenders could miss this weekend’s action, perhaps the manager should have had a rethink.

Would Tarkowski have fitted in?

The Burnley centre-back’s name does not carry as much glamour as perhaps some other targets.

However, last season in particular, the 25-year-old was a solid and stable presence in the Clarets’ back line.

Virgil van Dijk has significantly improved Liverpool’s defence following his transfer from Southampton in January, but the jury is still out on his partner.

Dejan Lovren is currently first choice, but the Croatia international has a mistake in him, while Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez are not always the most convincing on the pitch.

A player like Tarkowski, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, would have linked up well with Van Dijk.

The Englishman is strong in the air, which is useful not only in defence but for set pieces in the final third as well.

Depending on how Liverpool are doing, they should consider a bid for Tarkowski in the January window.