Thiago would still be a Liverpool signing with youth in mind – despite being 29. The Reds want the Spaniard to arrive this summer, according to reports.
Sport recently claimed that Liverpool are close to signing Thiago for around £32m. They back up a recent report from Bild, which claims Jurgen Klopp is high on the player and would like him at Anfield.
That does ask some questions of Liverpool, though. Why, for one, would they bring in a 29-year-old midfielder when so many players are already at that age?
Bringing in an older player usually means you’re looking to add experience but the current squad has that in spades. Liverpool also have a young generation of players looking to step up – surely this signing gets in their way?
Those players might be exactly why this signing makes some sense, though.
Klopp recently talked about ‘creating transfers internally’ and named a group of teenagers who can step up soon. Three were potential midfielders – Curtis Jones, Leighton Clarkson and Jake Cain.
All three are still very young, however. Their time in the sun might not actually come for another two or three years – although, we’d expect Jones slightly before that.
So if Liverpool are backing these kids, they actually need someone who can bow out in a few years. Thiago, at 29, is ideal for that. He can come in, add a different kind of quality to the midfield, and be ready to step aside when the youngsters are ready.
Someone a few years younger, for instance, would be another hurdle in the way of the kids.