Liverpool should sign Tarkowski to partner Van Dijk

Liverpool should consider making a move for Burnley defender James Tarkowski this summer.

What’s the word?

So far in this transfer window, the Merseyside outfit have been linked to goalkeepers and attacking midfielders.

Both areas of the pitch could do with some fresh faces, but there has been a lack of attention on the back line.

Virgil van Dijk’s arrival from Southampton in the January transfer window boosted the defence significantly, but the jury is still out on whether Dejan Lovren can be the Dutchman’s centre-back partner long term.

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Jurgen Klopp has never had problems in attacking areas since arriving on Merseyside in October 2015, but his teams have always been susceptible to leaking goals.

Is Tarkowski the answer?

The one-capped England international, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, may not be the most glamorous of defenders, but his performances for Burnley last season should not go unnoticed.

The 25-year-old, who was born in Manchester, has a strong, solid presence at the back and he could share the leadership duties with Van Dijk.

What stands out about Tarkowski is his work rate, and while he may be a late bloomer, he projects confidence – something that has lacked with the likes of Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan.

Compared to some other defenders that could be available this summer, the Englishman will be a cheaper option for the Reds.

However, with Burnley’s workload due to increase with Europa League football next season, Sean Dyche could make it difficult for any suitors.

Article title: Liverpool should sign Tarkowski to partner Van Dijk

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