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Thiago could be a valuable asset if Liverpool look to pursue reported interest

Liverpool throughout the reign of owners Fenway Sports Group have typically looked at bringing in young and unproven players and developing them into global superstars.

Factors such as price, age, reliability and plausibility are a number of key criteria Liverpool will weigh together before any form of interest in player begins to materialise.

This makes the numerous reports linking Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago with a move to Anfield difficult to comprehend.

The ECHO recently reported that the rumours were unfounded and that Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are not interested in a deal for the midfielder.

However, the rumour mill continues to gather pace and it is a name that just refuses to go away.

Every day there are conflicting claims over Thiago’s future and possible price tag. The player is approaching the twilight of his career and the player’s age could lead to a stand-off regarding wages.

When players typically break into Liverpool, the weight of expectation is usually enormous as the Reds tend to look at player’s who could potentially double their value if given the time and resources to harness their talent.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates at full time during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on March 7, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Experience is a valuable asset

One of the rare examples where Liverpool have looked to experienced players to improve their squad options was when the Reds signed James Milner in 2015.

Similarly to Thiago, Milner linked up with the Reds during the twilight of his career where it seemed that the player’s best years were behind him.

Joining on a free transfer from Manchester City, Milner has gone onto to vindicate himself as one of the great bargains of the Premier League era having clocked up 212 appearances for Liverpool and playing a crucial role in the club’s Premier League and European Cup success.

While Milner has never been a world-beater, he is the hallmark for consistency in a Liverpool squad that are currently the reigning English, European and world champions.

He is the club’s vice-captain and even at 33, looks like he plenty of years ahead of him at the pinnacle of English football.

Other than Roberto Firmino, no other Liverpool player has featured under Klopp more since the German’s arrival in October 2015.

BERLIN, GERMANY – JULY 04: Thiago Alcantara of FC Bayern Muenchen poses with the trophy in celebration after the DFB Cup final match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern Muenchen at Olympiastadion on July 04, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Thiago transfer not impossible

With this said, there is no reason for Liverpool to rule out a transfer simply due to the player’s age. Thiago maybe 29, but with his experience at two of Europes biggest clubs could be a valuable asset for Liverpool if they decided to pursue a move.

Klopp has previously stressed he is content with his group of players while offering a reminder that Liverpool’s measured approach to recruitment may not be popular among a small minority of supporters, but it is certainly successful.

Thiago – who has been quoted by The Metro at £35 million – could indeed breathe new life into a Liverpool midfield that still remains an area in the squad that Klopp likes to regularly alternate between.

However, the reality is that Liverpool will weigh up several determining factors before they deem a transfer as pursuable.

If the club see value to be had in a player that is approaching the latter stages of his career then there is no reason to completely rule out a move for one of Europe’s elite midfielders.

The waiting game goes on, all we can pray for is a quick resolution. Sadly when talking about Liverpool and transfers it never is as simple as that.

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