Thiago at Liverpool would surely end the Anfield career of Marko Grujic before it really began. The Reds want the Bayern Munich man, according to reports.
Sport claimed that Thiago to Liverpool is close earlier this week, potentially costing around £32m. It backs up a report from Bild, who believe Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the Spaniard and wants him at Anfield.
It would be a positive move for Liverpool and one that could even help the next generation. But there is one player who would surely struggle to ever break through.
Grujic has spent the last two seasons with Hertha Berlin and played very well. A club director described him as extraordinary recently, while a former manager has him down as the best midfielder the club has seen for 20 years.
And so it’s little surprise that Grujic himself hopes for a future with Liverpool. He’ll certainly feel like he’s earned a chance.
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But Thiago showing up would take away any opportunity he has to get in the team right now. It would surely take it away for years, too, which is bad news for a 24-year-old.
Grujic needs to play games to reach his peak as he’ll hit his prime years soon. But Liverpool’s midfield is crowded with talent already and 29-year-old Thiago wouldn’t just add to that, but he represents a commitment to stick with the current generation.
Teenagers like Curtis Jones and Leighton Clarkson would be in great positions to take over when the current crop steps down. Grujic, though, won’t be. If Thiago arrives, Grujic will have to leave for games and development.
And that would bring his career to an end before it ever really got going. Next year is his chance if he’s ever going to get one. Thiago takes that away, though.