Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern will be disappointed following their 0-0 draw with Stoke on the weekend but know that their Champions League semi-final against Roma is just around the corner.
The Reds were unable to get past the Potters with injuries starting to mount up for Jurgen Klopp’s side at the worst possible time in the season. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out for the season and Adam Lallana not fit, midfield options are scarce.
Adding insult to injury following the news that assistant manager, Zeljko Buvac, is to take a leave of absence, reports have emerged confirming that Emre Can will sign a five-year-deal with Juventus at the end of the season.
Can’s departure would leave the Reds extremely low on options in central midfield despite the impending arrival of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita. Many names have been linked with a move to Anfield including Napoli’s Jorginho and Schalke’s Max Meyer.
One man that should be on their summer shopping list is Lyon wonderkid – Lucas Tousart. The 21-year-old is emerging as one of France’s brightest talents and has been likened to N’Golo Kante and is valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt.
Tousart has also been compared to French legend Didier Deschamps due to his endurance and physicality on the ball, but the midfielder has also shown improvements in his technical ability. He boasts a high pass completion rate and could help Liverpool work the ball faster, something that will be crucial when teams operate to solely box their frontline in.
The French U21 international is the perfect man for the number six position in Klopp’s system. Tousart is much better defensively than Henderson, averaging more interceptions, tackles won and blocks per game than the England international.
The arrival of one of Europe’s most talented midfielders will soften the blow if Can does decide to leave the club.
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