Liverpool could wait until January to sign Thiago, according to reports. However, doing so would cost everyone involved valuable time.
The Independent makes the claim. They say that Gini Wijnaldum may agree to a pre-contract with someone in January, resulting in Liverpool finally make their move. If no one else signs Thiago before then, of course.
The article doesn’t beat around the bush – Liverpool like Thiago and would add him to their squad if they could. Right now, though, they can’t. There is too much competition and a deal only makes sense if someone leaves.
Wijnaldum is the most likely to do so, of course. His contract is up in a year and he could either disappear then or Liverpool could sell for a fee now.
But in our opinion, it makes far more sense to sign Thiago now. In a year – or January – it’s difficult to see how Liverpool get value for money.
Thiago’s contract is up in a year, too. Liverpool could get him for nothing but a sizeable wage and signing-on fee if they wait, then. But waiting also comes at the cost of time.
Thiago is 29 and would be 30 by the time he joined next year. And it may take six months to see him at his best. That’s the way it typically goes with Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.
Takumi Minamino, for instance, still isn’t fully adapted after joining in January. Naby Keita is only arguably finding his feet now – and he’s been around for two years.
Fabinho, too, didn’t start a game in Liverpool’s preferred 4-3-3 formation until the March after he arrived.
Now, we’d expect Thiago to adapt fairly quickly given his experience and quality. But then, he’s only ever made one move in his career and that was back in 2013. And he moved to a club coached by his old manager – something that surely made adapting easier.
He wouldn’t have that luxury at Liverpool, thus there are no guarantees that he’d fit seamlessly.
If he signed now, then Thiago may not thrive until 2021. If he joined in January, it may not be until the following season. A summer 2021 arrival means Thiago might not be a fit until 2022 – when he’ll be nearly 31.
At that point, how many years are you going to get out of the player? Especially one with a history of injuries that could catch up to him.
And that’s why a transfer makes sense this summer but arguably not afterwards. If Liverpool want to sign Thiago, they should aim for a transfer soon or it’s time to move on.