Jurgen Klopp wants to bring Thiago to Liverpool during the transfer window, according to reports. We have a look at three midfield setups that suggest why.
Bild claims that Klopp is actively pushing for the Thiago transfer this summer. They say he wants the player but he will meet opposition from the Liverpool board. It seems they believe he’s got little resale value.
Should the transfer go through, Liverpool would have to pay around £36m, according to the same source.
But how would Klopp use the playmaker? Let’s have a look.
Henderson – Fabinho – Thiago
This is the most obvious one. Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have been the two best midfielders at Liverpool this season and simply adding Thiago to them creates something special.
Here you have a defensive midfielder capable of protecting a defence and two very different players in front. Fabinho can give Henderson the ability to roam, press, and push forward down the right flank. Similarly, he can allow Thiago to find space wherever by simply holding his position.
And from Thiago’s point of view, he’s have two physical midfiedlers in there with him. Considering he’s not a tough-tackling midfielder, that one its own allows him more freedom to look forward.
Henderson – Thiago – Wijnaldum
This one’s similar but very, very attacking. It gives Thiago the base of midfield, with two mobile box-to-box midfielders ahead of him. In theory, Thiago could start moves from deep, offering an obvious outlet for the defence.
It does rely on Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum doing plenty of running and defensive work but you’d back them to do that. Although, this would only be viable in games where Liverpool have a monopoly on possession.
Still, it’s the kind of attacking, passing midfield that Liverpool lack. It would certainly offer something new for next season.
Fabinho – Thiago
Here’s something a little different, then. It relies on Fabinho’s past, playing in a midfield two as he did with AS Monaco. His job would be to win the ball back and find two very offensive midfielders – similar to Javier Mascherano in Rafa Benitez’s great midfield.
But this also takes creative pressure off Thiago and allows him to control the game more. With Firmino playing a no.10 role, the two of them could certainly create an inctricate and entertaining midfield partnership, with Fabinho providing the cover.
Throw in Mohamed Salah playing as a no.9 and that’s a very dangerous-looking attack.