Liverpool are yet to make any major signings this summer and perhaps they won’t at all. The Reds have brought in Kostas Tsimikas as a backup for Andy Robertson and have been linked with many more young and tenacious footballers to add depth in various positions. However, the one enduring marquee rumour surrounds Bayern Munich’s Spanish playmaker. Per Mertesacker has weighed in on the Thiago rumours, suggesting that the maestro should be cautious about the potential move.
Liverpool and Thiago
Jürgen Klopp has warned fans not to get too excited about the transfer window, telling the public that due to the global health crisis the club can’t afford to splash out on big name signings.
Despite persistent denials Liverpool are persistently linked with Thiago Alcantara. Last week RMC Sport reported that the Spaniard has agreed a four-year-deal and has told some of his teammates he’ll be leaving.
The playmaker has a year left on his contract at Bayern, forcing a degree of brinksmanship between the clubs and the player.
Mertesacker on Thiago rumours
Arsenal academy boss Per Mertesacker has weighed in on the Thiago Alcantara rumours.
The German giant told Goal and SPOX:
“I can already imagine the transfer, but the midfield axis of Liverpool is set up. Getting in there is very ambitious, but he’s a top footballer who can play anywhere.
“He has to decide for himself, as it may well be that he won’t play a major role in the first games in Liverpool. There are still a few players ahead of him because of their achievements over the past two years.”
What RTK has to say
Per Mertesacker has said what a lot of people have been thinking about the Thiago rumours.
The Reds’ midfield is quite unique in its role, it isn’t there to create but to allow those around them to. It is a functional midfield designed with the precision of a Swiss watch.
If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Thiago coming in would completely transform the dynamic of the Liverpool midfield. The Spaniard would also have to accept a slow and gradual introduction into the first team, Klopp has never been one for thrusting players straight into the starting XI.
Whether or not a player of his calibre would be happy with such a tough introduction to a new club is up for debate.