According to reports, Liverpool have finally made contact with Bayern Munich regarding the potential transfer of Thiago Alcantara.
The 29-year-old has been a hot topic of discussion among supporters in recent weeks after the Spanish international publically declared his intent to leave the Allianz Area this summer as well as his desire to work with Jurgen Klopp.
The complications regarding the validity of a potential move came from the ambiguity of whether Liverpool’s interest is actually concrete.
The Premier League champions are already well-stocked in midfield and given Thiago’s age and status as one of the best midfielders in Europe, it is typically a transfer the Reds usually look to avoid.
However, according to respected journalist and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool have finally begun contact with Bayern and negotiations are in the early stages.
Liverpool are in contact with Bayern Münich for Thiago Alcantara. The player would love to join and Klopp wants him (still working also for Wijnaldum to sign a new contract).
Bayern want no less than €30m to sell Thiago. It’s up to Liverpool now… 🔴 #LFC #Bayern #Thiago
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 13, 2020
If Liverpool do decide to pursue a move, there could be alterations to the bulk of Jurgen Klopp’s squad next season. Here are three players who will be directly affected should Thiago join.
Keita is undoubtedly the obvious choice. The Guinean talisman sits just behind Jordan Henderson and Wijnaldum in the pecking order and would likely be the first to be sacrificed should space open up.
The 25-year-old was one of Liverpool’s standout players after Project Restart and his performances have showcased a little glimpse of what the former Salzburg starlet can offer us next season if he avoids injury and is handed a sustained run in the team.
Keita was able to start just 12 games across the Premier League and Champions League last season.
His urgency on the ball and ability to spread and link-up play with the front-three is a quality that we haven’t seen from Liverpool’s midfielders this season and something that could be harnessed to take us to another level next season.
If Thiago were to join, suddenly Keita’s first-team propositions for next season become questioned.
Fabinho is the natural suitor to marshall in front of the back four while club-captain Jordan Henderson’s presence in midfield is to indispensable to leave out meaning up to four players could be fighting for the final spot in Klopp’s midfield next season.
Trying to get to the bottom of Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract situation at Liverpool has become one of the most ambiguous prospects currently unresolved at the club.
Because of this, it could harm his chances of regularly featuring in the starting XI next season.
This would have been impossible to think before lockdown as Wijnaldum featured more regularly in the team than any other midfielder.
There has been no clear evidence in Wijnaldum coming close to agreeing on a new deal despite recent reports from The Guardian that claimed both parties had held ‘positive talks’.
Liverpool’s approach is typically to set out to control matches and dictate the tempo. With Wijnaldum you have this in abundance as the player’s elegance on the ball coupled with his energy in midfield allows the full-backs acres of space to bomb forward.
There have been times where Wijnaldum’s exuberance in possession has taken two players out of the game at once which have been the building blocks of several counter-attacks.
Even at 29, Wijnadlum’s physical conditioning and energy levels dictate that he still has plenty of years at his brilliant best.
His ability to avoid injury and remain a durable figure for his team should not be underestimated either.
This raises questions as to why Liverpool require another option in midfield. Journalist David Ornstein recently talked about Wijnaldum and the potential for him leaving Liverpool. The growing uncertainty suggests the longer the situation drags out the more likely reports will intensify that the Dutchman could indeed leave the club.
Jones has really impressed since football resumed back in June and with the youngster a much more prominent figure in Jurgen Klopp’s team. He looks like a direct replacement for Adam Lallana who recently left the club to join Brighton.
However, Thiago could complicate matters for the West Derby youngster as another option in midfield suddenly reduces the likely
He’d effectively become the seventh member of an already-packed midfield at Liverpool. It would likely limit his opportunities in the team and his patience for game time will undoubtedly be tested.
Regardless, we still think he’ll make it – he’s a special player. However, with more players competing for places, Jones may make an impact even sooner than anyone thought.
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