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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp receives a warning about £31m Thiago transfer

express: Thiago Alcantara would not be an immediate starter for Liverpool if he joins from Bayern Munich this summer, believes former defender Steve Nicol. The Reds have been heavily linked with a move for the Spaniard

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently admitted that “it seems that he wants to do something new towards the end of his career”.

While Rummenigge insisted that there has “definitely” not been any contact with Liverpool, he added: “If he wants to do that, we have to deal with it.

“We don’t want to lose any player next year for free. I can say it that clearly.”

It has been widely suggested that the 29-year-old, who has been with Bundesliga champions Bayern since 2013 after joining from Barcelona, is Premier League bound.

Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has even suggested that a four-year contract has been agreed to take Thiago to Merseyside for around £7.2million a year (€8m).

If he moved to Anfield, Thiago would strengthen a Liverpool side that was crowned Premier League champions less than two weeks ago.

The ball-playing Spain international has racked up 231 appearances at Bayern, scoring 31 goals and producing 37 assists, while also playing 37 times for his country.

And with his contract at the Allianz Arena expiring in 2021, Thiago is set to be available for around £31m (€35m) this summer.

Yet Nicol fears that Thiago would not actually start for Liverpool, despite the Reds’ midfield often being picked out as their weakness.

Jurgen Klopp’s title winners already have Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum as central midfield options for next season.

And former Liverpool defender Nicol told ESPN FC: “Well yes I’d like to see him at Liverpool because that would mean he would just be strengthening the squad and strengthening the competition for places.

“If they do sign him, I don’t think he walks into the team. I don’t think he’s in the starting eleven.

“But yes, absolutely, the more quality you have and the more competition you have for places at the very least keeps everybody on their toes.”

And Nicol added: “The guy is a quality player, there’s no question about that.

“The guy is a quality player, there’s no question about that.

“But the truth is that would mean you’re changing your style a little bit. So I wonder whether if it’s a chance to sign a great player and keep the squad strong, because if there’s one thing Liverpool have it’s competition in the middle of the park.

“Yes, he’s a great player, but I’m not sure he makes the team better though.

“Do you really want to touch something that isn’t broken? Liverpool are very dynamic and Thiago is more of an old-school footballer.

“He’s a great player and you need a squad, but is he pushing the starting XI? I don’t think so.”

Klopp was asked about Thiago after his side’s Premier League win over Aston Villa on Sunday night but was typically coy in his response.

“Would you be surprised if I don’t give an answer to that? Just because, I never answer these kinds of questions,” Klopp said.

“Thiago Alcantara is a really good player. Like a lot of other players out there, I like a lot. But that’s all I have to say about that.”

Source: Published by express

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Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
1 month ago

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Oluwatimilehin olakunle
Oluwatimilehin olakunle
1 month ago

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Omotosho Gbemisola Rebecca
Omotosho Gbemisola Rebecca
1 month ago

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Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

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ndubuisi victor njakor
1 month ago

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Ademola micheal
1 month ago

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Sanusi Maryam
1 month ago

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Chukwuma Daniel
1 month ago

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Ikechimark ludger
1 month ago

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victor okonkwo
victor okonkwo
1 month ago

Sure, he is a quality player.

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

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Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
1 month ago

To sign Thiago is I go idea for Liverpool

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Adewumi sherif akanji
1 month ago

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Afolabi Michael Temitope
1 month ago

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Christopher Ege
1 month ago

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Ezema paul
1 month ago

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EMEKA NWANKWOALA
1 month ago

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ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

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reuben amicable
1 month ago

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Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
1 month ago

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Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
1 month ago

Thiago would do great at Liverpool

BLESSING IGONI
BLESSING IGONI
1 month ago

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Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
1 month ago

He will be a good addition to Liverpool

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Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

He is a fantastic player

Oyewale Emmanuel
Oyewale Emmanuel
1 month ago

Liverpool needs him

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Jurgen Klopp knows what to do best

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
1 month ago

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Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

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Temitope Samson Fayomi
Temitope Samson Fayomi
1 month ago

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Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
1 month ago

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Ibiyemi abiola abass
1 month ago

Nice update

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

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Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
1 month ago

Thiago is good

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
1 month ago

a classic mildfielder

Nwakasi Ikenna
Nwakasi Ikenna
1 month ago

Warning?
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Juliet Success
Juliet Success
1 month ago

He is a very energetic player

Aremoh James Oyewole
Aremoh James Oyewole
1 month ago

The price is low on his deal

Uka, Adaeze Imaga
Uka, Adaeze Imaga
1 month ago

he plays well

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
1 month ago

Good player

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
1 month ago

Liverpool have good players but if alcantara comes and is playing very well he will be a starter

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Good player

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
1 month ago

He will be an ideal fit and starter for Liverpool

Ogunleye Michael Adetomiwa
Ogunleye Michael Adetomiwa
1 month ago

A dynamic player

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

He’s a great midfielder.

Felix Okorie
Felix Okorie
1 month ago

It’s true. He may not be a starting player at Liverpool

Andemah jairus
Andemah jairus
1 month ago

That’s so fantastic

KOLEOLA OLAKUNLE ISAAC
KOLEOLA OLAKUNLE ISAAC
1 month ago

He’s a good baller

Aba Osita Oscar
Aba Osita Oscar
1 month ago

A wonderful player

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
1 month ago

Good player

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
1 month ago

Hmm.