13 Jan 2017

Next Transfer? Liverpool chase 'outstanding' £25m star who's been watched by Klopp for months

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for one of the Bundesliga's most coveted defenders.

According to Sportbild this week:

* Liverpool remain interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen centre-half Jonathan Tah.

* Jürgen Klopp has been monitoring Tah's progress 'for months'.

Some info about £25m-rated Tah:

* 20-year old centre-half, who can also play at right-back. Current contract expires: 2020. 60 games for Leverkusen so far, including 45 last season.

* Nicknamed 'The Battleship' on account of his strong physique and towering height (6'4).

* May 2016: Liverpool reportedly contacted Leverkusen to enquire about Tah's availability.

* May 2016: Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling raved: “He has a body like a bull. It is incredibly difficult to play against him.”

* May 2016: Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt's assessment: “The consistency he [Tah] has shown throughout this season, playing at a high level, is outstanding.”

* Jun 2016: Called up to Germany's Euro 2016 squad to replace injured defender Antonio Rudiger.

* Jun 2016: On his football influences: "Jerome Boateng is one of the best defenders in the world and a great guy. He's a true role model".

As a Klopp signing, Joel Matip's place in the team is obviously safe, but Klopp has shown his ruthless streak with Sakho, and the same thing could conceivably happen with Lovren. That said, Matip is proving to be injury prone, and with European football a distinct possibility for next season, more strength in depth at centre-half is arguably a necessity.


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