The reported Liverpool stance on a move for Thiago should come as no surprise. It certainly doesn’t rule out a move, either.
This comes from Sky Sports. They say that Liverpool do want Thiago but there’s an issue – they don’t want to pay Bayern Munich’s £27m asking-price for the player. Thiago is 29, after all, and available for free in a year.
Now, there are some situations where a club would still make their move. Liverpool, however, have a stacked midfield and don’t actually need anyone else. Thus the idea of spending £27m on an ageing player they don’t need – and is free in a year – makes little sense.
The Sky report also includes a quote from a ‘club source’, who rubbishes any reports that Liverpool are in talks with Bayern.
As things stand, this one isn’t happening.
It’s hard to come away from Sky’s report without believing it all. Everything makes sense when you lay it out.
Thiago is, by Liverpool standards, an old player to invest in. By our count, the last time the Reds spent any considerable fee on a player nearing 30 was Robbie Keane in 2008. He was 28 at the time and the transfer didn’t exactly got well.
As for the Jurgen Klopp era, Virgil van Dijk is the oldest player Liverpool have spent big on. And he was only 26.
Then there’s the squad issue. Listing off Liverpool’s current centre-midfield options shows their depth right now. Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Nay Keita, Gini Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Curtis Jones, and Marko Grujic.
Now, we expect Grujic to at least disappear on loan but the point remains – there isn’t much room for another senior player.
Add that all to the £27m fee and Thiago’s potential wages, and Liverpool’s stance is no surprise.
Possible, not probable
So as things stand, no – we don’t think Liverpool will move for Thiago. But that could change and the reported stance suggests that, too.
Liverpool will the player. Liverpool would happily add the player. And things could go in that direction with something as simple as Bayern lowering their asking price.
They risk losing him for free in a year, after all, and he’s a valuable asset. In crunch economic times, that may not sit right with the Bavarians. Liverpool could perhaps pounce on a better fee, then.
The other factor is Wijnaldum. His contract expires in a year, too, and if Liverpool sell him this summer, they’d want an elite replacement. Thiago is probably their best option there.
So while Thiago to Liverpool doesn’t look likely, it’s a move that will likely lurk in the background all summer. Good luck predicting this one.