Gary Neville has revealed on Sky Sports that the signing of Thiago Alcantara will indeed make Liverpool a formidable force once again next season.
The Premier League champions have been heavily touted with a move for the Champions League-winning midfielder throughout the summer although a deal is yet to materialise from Liverpool.
ESPN recently claimed that Liverpool will only sanction a move for the Spanish international if Georginio Wijnaldum was to depart the team.
Wijnaldum, 29, is currently in the final year of his Liverpool contract with talks of a new deal still very much up in the air.
Reports from Germany claim that Liverpool are set to begin discussions regarding a potential deal for Thiago in the coming days and Neville believes such is the calibre of signing Klopp and his team need to remain the team to beat next season.
“I think there are definitely four or five players required and to not get three [for United],” said Neville to Sky Sports during a transfer verdict ahead of the new season this month.
“I think it would be a problem because of what the other clubs are doing.
“If Liverpool get Thiago, if Manchester City do what they are looking like they are going to do and with Chelsea doing what they’ve done, they are your competitors and they all look like they are improving and moving forward.”
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Neville is right in terms of what Thiago can offer Liverpool next season, yet there are a number of complications when it comes to how likely it is that a deal can be struck.
Melissa Reddy of the Independent recently claimed that Liverpool will continue to stall on the signing of Thiago unless the club were to lose one of their midfield options this summer – a situation the club expects not to happen.
There is no ambiguity that Klopp is a great admirer of Thiago yet Liverpool already have seven midfielders on their books – not including Harry Wilson or Marko Grujic.
Squad management and morale among the squad is central to Klopp’s thinking and unless there are outgoings in that specific area of the team, it is unlikely the signing of Thiago will happen.
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