Liverpool Asked To Pay Up £50m For James Tarkowski

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

Liverpool have launched an audacious bid to alleviate their defensive crisis by signing James Tarkowski on loan.

The Croatia worldwide was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first half of Liverpool's defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday evening.

Dejan Lovren limped off early against Wolves on Monday night and Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are long-term absentees; but perhaps most worrying is the claim that Virgil van Dijk is suffering with a "mystery" injury. Midfielder Fabinho filled in during the FA Cup defeat to Wolves, but Jurgen Klopp is understandably eager for a player more naturally suited to the position, and that man could well be Tarkowski.

However, it's unlikely that Liverpool would shell out £50m for his services, although while a loan move could be an outside option, given Burnley's precarious position in the table boss Sean Dyche would simply not let this happen.

Klopp gave an update on Gomez and Matip's injuries ahead of the game against Wolves: 'Joe is getting better, it's getting better, but he's not yet involved'. We have to see how the bone healing is, that's always how it is when something has broken, but from his movements it looks almost normal.

Jurgen Klopp is now with just one fit centre-half and even though that is the magnificent Virgil Van Dijk, a team fighting for the title can not afford to go ahead with such a threadbare squad.

To alleviate the pressure on his backline, the Liverpool manager has reportedly turned his attention to signing Tarkwoski on a short-term deal.

He played at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold having been rested and Nathaniel Clyne joining Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season last week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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