Rodgers: Liverpool tried to sign Thiago Alcantara in 2013

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Josep Guardiola manager of Bayern Munich in discussion with an injured Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.
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Brendan Rodgers signed a lot of players while he was Liverpool manager and has said that one of his targets was Thiago Alcantara.

Rodgers, now the boss at Celtic, has said ahead of a clash with Barcelona that he had tried to sign Thiago Alcantara, who was playing in Spain at the time.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds were in for Thiago but that he favoured a move to Bayern Munich, where Pep Guardiola was in charge. The Spanish central midfielder would have been a great signing and would’ve fit in perfectly with the fluid style of play that Rodgers employed.

Had Thiago joined, he would have been a part of Liverpool’s terrific 2013/14 season where the Reds narrowly missed out on claiming a Premier League title for the first time.

“I used to often come to see the lower categories of Barca, Nolito was in youth, Soriano in the reserves with Thiago,” he said.

“I tried to sign Thiago for Liverpool, but could not because he wanted to sign for Bayern.

“I’ve seen many games of Barca’s youth football and I love how the club works and its values.”

Liverpool’s former manager is preparing his side for a Champions League group stage game against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, but isn’t feeling the pressure.

“We will have no fear,” he added. “We know we’re a team that will have to defend with eleven players and we will have to do something with the ball when we have it.

“All parties are going have to believe we can get a positive result.

“It’s probably the best team in the world and has three strikers who will be among the three best of all time.”

This will be Rodgers’ first Champions League group stage game since the disastrous tournament in the 2014/15 season. I fancy the Northern Irishman as a manager. He was out of his depth at Liverpool but Celtic is a fine club and he’s a fine manager so they should do well.

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