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Computer points Liverpool to Jonathan Tah in hunt for a defender

Liverpool need to sign a defender in the January transfer window. We are all well aware of that. Names are being thrown up every day in the media as we all guess at just who Michael Edwards is lining up to come through the door. Hopefully someone will be ready to arrive on New Year’s Day. An article in The Times has seen a computer nudge Liverpool in the direction of Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen.

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Bare bones in defence

Joel Matip is the last man standing in the Liverpool defence and he doesn’t often stand long himself.

We started the season with just three defenders after Dejan Lovren was sold over the summer.

The decision was seen as a gamble and it was a gamble which didn’t pay off.

Just weeks into the season Virgil van Dijk ruptured his ACL in the Merseyside Derby, ruling him out for the rest of the term.

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Recently we’ve also lost Joe Gomez to injury with the centre back picking up his own knee issue when on England duty – he is expected to miss a large chunk of the campaign.

Given that we’re down to just one often unfit centre back, a new arrival in January is essential.

Liverpool pointed to Jonathan Tah

The Times recently spoke with  AI Abacus’ Ram Mylvaganam. The numbers man was asked to crunch the numbers to come up with who the Reds should be turning to in January.

The investigation found that Liverpool should target Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen.

The 24-year-old German defender has been linked with the Reds in the past, rumours were swirling around the time we signed Joel Matip.

His name is a surprising one to see thrown up given that he has only made five appearances this season having fallen down the pecking order at Leverkusen.

What RTK has to say

Liverpool could bag a bargain with Jonathan Tah given that he has fallen out of favour with his side.

Back in February SportBILD linked him with a €40m (£36m) move to Arsenal but his fall from the starting lineup could see that fee reduced.

If AI Abacus have these numbers then we imagine that the Reds’ recruitment team have them as well – the club have been pioneers in data driven recruitment in football and it’s paid off so far.

Just get someone in Mickey – we can’t go on like this.

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