Marcus Thuram: Why Liverpool should pay attention
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Marcus Thuram: Why Liverpool should pay attention

Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe.

These aforementioned names are just a handful of talent that Liverpool have been linked with summer moves for in the wake of Jurgen Klopp’s recent European domination.

It is testament to the magnificent job the German has overseen over the past four years that the Reds are being touted with moves for some of the continent’s most coveted blockbuster names.

Sporting director and club-icon Michael Edwards and the Reds’ shrewd recruitment team also deserves a special mention for orchestrating some of the best deals in the club’s illustrious 127-year history.

There is no question that within the recent postponement of football due to the ongoing pandemic that Edwards and co will be meticulously identifying Liverpool’s next array of talent and don’t be surprised if there are a few unheard-of prospects that have been identified as potential rough diamonds for the future.

With this in mind, let’s forget the obvious names and delve into a potential prospect that Liverpool can delve into once the current campaign eventually comes to an end.

Following Klopp’s decision to extend his Liverpool contract to 2024, it would imply that the FIFA Coach of the Year will be looking to integrate youth into the next transitional stage of his already world-conquering squad.

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – MARCH 07: Marcus Thuram of Borussia Moenchengladbach in action during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund at Borussia-Park on March 07, 2020 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Christian Verheyen/Borussia Moenchengladbach via Getty Images)

One name who isn’t being spoken in the same esteem as the others but should certainly not be overlooked is Bundesliga sensation Marcus Thuram.

The French forward is currently being utilised at Borussia Monchengladbach and is learning his trade under the tutelage of Marco Rose. Thuram has clocked up 25 matches this season and has an impressive goal contribution of 14 goals finding the net six times himself while registering eight assists.

The 22-year-old’s expected goals per game ratio is currently second in the Bundesliga for a player under 23 – only bettered by Sancho. Meanwhile, his expected goals assisted per 90 minutes is currently the fifth-best in the division for the same criteria.

Remarkably, Thuram’s open-play expected goals per game contribution is even higher than both Sancho and Havertz.

According to The Mail, Liverpool were recently in the hunt for Marcus’ brother Khephren Thuram who is currently playing in Ligue 1 with Nice.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – JULY 30: Khephren Thuram of Nice during the pre-season friendly match between Burnley and OGC Nice at Turf Moor on July 30, 2019 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Rich Sellers/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old winger has scored an impressive 11 goals in 26 matches, proving why he is one of the top young French talents around.

Both brothers are highly rated in France and have represented the national team at youth level.

Considering Liverpool have already attempted to sign Kephren, the Reds should consider making it a double swoop and look to also tempt Marcus with a summer move to Anfield.

Both players have showcased their potential and Klopp has proven in the past that he is the perfect manager to take young talent to the next level of their development.

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