Khepren Thuram transfer hint has been followed by clearest Liverpool message possible

The third installment in a four-part series on the circumstances surrounding the players Liverpool is keeping an eye on at the U21 Euros this month is Khephren Thuram.

Ibrahima Konate certainly kept up appearances last week if football players speaking more freely when speaking to media from their own country has become a sort of time-honored practice.

Konate was unexpectedly candid in his declaration that he would like to see the Nice midfielder join him at Liverpool as the rumors around Khephren Thuram’s future raged on.

‘I would be very pleased for him to come to Liverpool, and I would take him under my wing and I would do everything for him to improve and become the player he wants to become,’ Konate said to RMC Sport.

 

“Khephren is like my little brother; I grew up around him.” Although I was in the training facility with his older sibling, I watched him develop. I observed his performance and development at a level.It was amazing.

 

“Even when he made his first selection for the France team. His stature and technical ease truly impressed me when I first met him during the training.

When I left Leipzig and signed with Liverpool, many people said that it was premature and the wrong move. You shouldn’t pay attention to them because I ultimately showed that they were all mistaken. If Khephren gets the chance to visit a team like Liverpool, I believe he’ll be taken aback by the support that will rally around him.

Later that week, Rafaela Pimenta, Thuram’s representative, caused a stir by posting a picture of the woman at the Nice offices. When the Brazilian lawyer shared a photo of herself outside Anfield in January, it may have surprised her how much Liverpool was interested in her as a transfer target. However, the attorneys for Ryan Gravenberch and Thuram may have been playing a more calculated game last week.

Only those close to Pimenta will know how much of that was done for her personal fun, but the post unavoidably fueled rumors that Liverpool was close to signing 22-year-old Thuram as part of the much-discussed midfield rebuild.

Thuram, a star player for Nice in France’s top league last season, was the son of 1998 World Cup victor Lilian. There is no other midfielder like him available to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield department, with his rangy, strong style.

Thuram paints an image of a strong midfield dribbler, whose technical skill is combined with an imposing 6ft 4inch physique, scoring in the 94 percentile for progressive carries and 91 for successful take-ons, according to scouting tool FBref.

His passing statistics, which position him as low as the 47 percentile for passes attempted and at 70 for passes completed, support this conclusion.

But perhaps the most noteworthy feature of the scouting tools evaluating Thuram’s style of play is the disparity between’similar’ midfielders.

Reds fans are likely to react well when the youngster is likened to Nicolo Barella at Inter and Barcelona’s Gavi, but less favorably when the comparison is made to Alex Iwobi at Everton. If nothing else, this diversity may serve as a good indicator of how exceptional and versatile the France Under-21 midfielder is.

Thuram joined Nice as a teenager from Monaco, making 16 appearances in his inaugural season in the 2019–20 season. Since then, he has established himself as a significant player for the French team and has already made 138 appearances overall.

Didier Digard, a former Nice manager, told RMC Sport last season that “Khephren’s fantastic.” He works very hard and pays close attention. He is at the training facility on rest days. He completes high-intensity training and recovers swiftly for back-to-back games.

He pays attention and puts in effort. He can still do better, but people want him. He simply devours more sessions and video analysis. Because he assumes a leadership position, he also gives others advice. He is also becoming aware of who he is as a person. “He is already a member of the France team, but I have no doubt that he will have a very successful career. But for him to keep moving forward, Nice must still have a little to go.

Thuram is near the top of the wishlist as Liverpool looks to deepen their midfield restructure after signing Alexis Mac Allister earlier this month and as he prepares to represent France at the U21s European Championships, which began on Wednesday.

Thuram, whose brother Marcus is a member of the France national team, claims he chose to play in the middle of the field since his father was a defender and his sister preferred to play up front.

Khephren, who claims he was called after a pharaoh, was born and raised in Italy, where Thuram Senior played for Parma and Juventus. He perfected his English at an American school in Paris.

“What do I hope to accomplish? Being the best version of myself is what matters most to me, he previously told The Telegraph.

As a man, I played football. Although I’m unsure of where it will lead, I want to be the best version of myself. Okay if that means playing somewhere for the rest of my life. I want to accomplish it if it means playing for a premier club.

It may possibly be possible with Liverpool taking a close look He could possibly be able to check it off his list of accomplishments.

When you may watch Thuram play for France’s U21 team:

 

 

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