Summer is coming to an end and Liverpool still haven’t tied up all of their loose ends in the transfer market. The Reds could still do with some cover for the front three as well as a fourth choice centre back to replace Dejan Lovren. There have been dozens of names thrown about as potential targets for the Lovren role, we may as well add another one to the list. Liverpool should consider a move for James Tarkowski after the defender admitted he wants Champions League football.
Solid Premier League experience
Last season Burnley kept 15 clean sheets, as many as Liverpool did.
27-year-old Tarkowski was an ever present for Burnley during this impressive run.
The Englishman earned a WhoScored rating of 7.19 across is 38 league appearances last term, notching two goals and two assists along the way, as well as collecting six man of the match awards.
Tarkowski wants Champions League
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, James Tarkowski admitted that he wants Champions League football and that he feels forgotten by England.
The defender is desperate to be at the ‘top level’, his frustration is understandable after being left out of the Three Lions set up after such an impressive season.
Liverpool should consider Tarkowski
There is also significant interest in the Burnley defender, according to Sky Sports, West Ham have bid £20m for him.
Liverpool need another centre back and Tarkowski would fit the bill.
He is 27-years-old, putting him in the right age bracket for a defender. He has a wealth of Premier League experience and he his hungry to play at the top level.
There could be concerns around his pace and passing. Burnley play in a low block whilst the Reds operate a high line. The defender also has a pass completion of just 70% from last season – Virgil van Dijk’s was 89.1%.
However, if he is to cost around £20m then he is a more than solid fourth choice option and he could even fill in for some of the more routine Champions League games.