Khéphren Thuram, son of French footballing legend Lilian Thuram and younger brother of Borussia Monchengladback forward Marcus Thuram, has been linked with a move to Liverpool.
Football journalist Jacque Talbot has revealed that Liverpool have held talks with Thuram.
Thuram was named along with last summers midfield target, Aurélien Tchouaméni, among French football’s 20 hottest properties, so what could the towering Frenchman bring to Merseyside?
Standing at 6ft 4in tall and weighing in at 81 kgs, he would bring a physicality which the Reds have severely lacked this season. The 21 year old had a fantastic last season for OGC Nice under Christophe Galtier, playing deep in midfield he pressed aggressively and looked to progress the ball quickly in transition. His play style and frame puts him as a like-for-like replacement for Fabinho, an option that Liverpool have never had and one that could give the Brazilian time to rest and regain his form.
Not only does he possess a strong foundation, he also has nimble feet, dribbling skills, a decent passing range, pace, power, and most importantly for a Klopp player, stamina. Moreover, another attribute that would endear him to Liverpool is his versatility. He can break up play whilst playing as a number six and has proved he can play further forward as an 8, chipping in with a goal and 3 assists in 18 appearances in the league this season.
Almost Wjnaldum-esque, Thuram has been a reliable player for Nice playing in every game this season. He has specified that he likes to help his teammates play and has the ability to run and press for prolonged periods, which Liverpool are in desperate need of. Liverpool may have the chance to sign Thuram in January for just €30m. For a relatively low transfer fee along with low wages, around €17,000, Klopp has the chance to sign a player with the right age, coachability, physical attributes and technical skills to become one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League for years to come.