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.
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.
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).
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.
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