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Liverpool: Dorukhan Tokoz being tracked by Reds

Liverpool: Dorukhan Tokoz being tracked by Reds

Liverpool are in the hunt to sign Turkey defensive midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz from Besiktas, according to a Turkish journalist.

Firat Gunayer tweeted that the European champions were among three British clubs currently monitoring the 23-year-old, who is a team-mate of on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in Istanbul.

Dorukhan joined Besiktas last year from fellow Turkish outfit Eskisehirspor and made his senior national team debut last March in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania.

Dorukhan made 25 appearances in total for Besiktas last season, including 19 league starts in which he scored three times and provided three assists.

His WhoScored.com profile notes tackling as one of his main strengths and his 2018/19 statistics attest to this attribute, with the midfielder averaging 2.8 tackles per game.

His average of two interceptions per match also serves to highlight his effectiveness at breaking up opposition attacks, while he made 0.2 blocks per game.

His willingness to halt the opposition can sometimes manifest itself in less than cerebral ways, with a match average of 1.5 fouls and a total of five yellow cards last season (0.2 per game).

One discernible weakness to Dorukhan’s game is his passing, with a match average of just 29.1 passes last term and an accuracy rate of 76.9%.

He plays in the same defensive midfield role currently occupied at Liverpool by Fabinho, who was hailed by Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports MNF as a better option in that position than club captain Jordan Henderson.

The 25-year-old Brazil international averaged fewer tackles (2.1) and interceptions (one) per game than Dorukhan last season, while matching his 0.2 blocks per game ratio.

He was also more prone to picking up yellow cards, with 10 bookings in 41 appearances for the Reds in 2018/19 (0.24 per game).

In possession of the ball, though, Fabinho far outstrips the Turkey midfielder. The Liverpool man averaged 57.5 passes per game last season and had a success rate of 85.3%.

Dorukhan’s adeptness at winning possession should make him an ideal fit for Jurgen Klopp’s pressing style which involves regaining the ball high up the pitch and immediately launching counter-attacks.

The Turkey midfielder’s statistics suggest that he is even more capable than Fabinho of breaking up the play, although his passing game would need to improve – only two Liverpool players had worse passing success rates last season.

Liverpool already have other players who can fill in at defensive midfield in Henderson and Naby Keita, so Dorukhan would likely be a useful rather than essential addition if the Reds were to sign him.

Liverpool fans, do you think Dorukhan would improve the Reds’ midfield if he moves to Anfield? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

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