Jonathan Tah is a name that’s cropped up a number of times this summer as a potential Liverpool signing.
Liverpool’s defence last season was at times, let’s be honest woeful. Silly mistakes been made by individual players at important times in games where they just switched off and handed opposing players golden opportunities to either score or put Liverpool under serious pressure. Manager Jürgen Klopp recognised this and went about correcting this problem during this summer transfer window by bringing in Cameroonian Joel Matip and the Estonian powerhouse Ragner Klavan. Both players have brought a sense of calmness and toughness to the Liverpool defence. With both Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez pulling up injured this pre season, Liverpool have once again been linked to German centre back Jonathan Tah.
Tah currently plays with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Tah has represented Germany at all levels from under 16 to the full national team. Tah was part of the German national team in France this summer after Antonio Rüdiger was forced to pull out injured. At 6’3 Tah will add both height and strength to the Liverpool defence. At 20 years of age and under the guidance of Klopp, Tah has the potential to fill a gap in the Liverpool team that hasn’t been replaced since Javier Mascherano left to join Barcelona in the summer of 2010, that’s the defensive midfield role. Although Matip has played there in the past, for me Tah is a much more realistic option to become Liverpool’s next defensive midfield general. I’ve touted in the past that maybe Emre Can can be converted in to a defensive midfielder but I think doing that would take away from Cans natural attacking abilities. With rumours that Lucas Levia is about to leave Liverpool this summer, it leaves Liverpool light in the defensive midfield role.
Tah is a Klopp kind of player, big, strong, powerful, not afraid to run with the ball and a leader. With Sakho and Klopps relationship seemingly in tatters after he was sent home from Liverpool’s tour ofAmerica early Tah would be a natural replacement for the charismatic French man. Tah is highly thought of in Germany with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund keeping close tabs on the 20 year old. If Klopp and Liverpool pull off the deal for Tah it will cap off a memorable summer transfer window for Liverpool, something fans haven’t said in a long time.
Written by @TheMoanyOne