Like Father Like Son? Marcus Thuram in January

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The sons of football legends carry enough pressure to begin with. History tells us it’s a ‘mixed bag’ when it comes to their varying levels of success. Giovanni Simeone, Federico Chiesa and Justin Kluivert are well known within the game and have played at the highest level. On the other side, the likes of Enzo Fernandez (son of Zidane) and Jonathan Klinsmann haven’t quite enjoyed the same level of notoriety. Liverpool’s eye may well have been cast towards one they believe can make a real difference for them in January.

Marcus Thuram has enjoyed real success in a struggling Borussia Monchengladbach this campaign, notching an impressive 13 goals and four assists in all competitions. The French international has seen his recent form rewarded with a call-up to his national squad for the World Cup. Having just over six months remaining on his contract, the son of Lilian has found himself linked with a whole host of clubs across the Premier League and Europe. El National reported recently that the Reds were eyeing up a £20m move for him come the January window.

Often starting from the left and predominantly right footed (we’ve heard this before), Thuram does have the ability to play up top or even from the right as well. Due to the struggles Monchengladbach have endured (eighth place and 12 points off Bayern at the top) it makes this seasons return look even more impressive. With Europe looking a tough ask at best and with the likes of Manu Kone who we’ve mentioned previously, it’s understandable if Liverpool could be eyeing up a double raid come January.

At 25, Thuram is no youngster and it feels like now-or-never moment if a move to Europe’s elite is going to happen. It’s not always been plain sailing either for a player who managed just three goals and a singular assist in the previous campaign. There’s been suggestions that Jurgen Klopp has been a long-term admirer and the former Guingamp forward will be hoping for the chance to showcase his talents in Qatar. The source isn’t the most reliable and age may slightly count against him, but Thuram’s performances and versatility could well have put him back on Klopp’s radar. If Liverpool don’t move, there’ll be plenty who will.

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