Chelsea’s Mason Mount has provided Liverpool with a glowing recommendation for reported target Thiago Alcantara – if one were ever needed – following comments that he “couldn’t get near” the Spaniard during the Blues’ Champions League bout with Bayern Munich.

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MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 08: Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich battles for possession in the air with Mason Mount of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC at Allianz Arena on August 08, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Frank Lampard’s team endured two painful ties against the eventual winners of the competition which saw Chelsea crash out during the Round of 16 following a 7-1 aggregate defeat.

It was a humbling of the highest order from the team that went on to lift the trophy in Lisbon courtesy of their 1-0 victory against Paris Saint Germain last month.

Mount was left impressed with the German champions array of talented players such as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller yet it was the performance of Thiago who taught the 21-year-old Chelsea star what it takes to mix it up with the best in Europe.

Speaking with SPORTbible, when asked about opposition players that made him realise what it takes to reach the top he said: “The Champions League is on another level. The games feel different.

“Bayern have some unbelievable world-class players… Lewandowski, [Joshua] Kimmich and Thiago in midfield, I just couldn’t get near him.

“They moved the ball around the team so quickly. When you’re up against players like that you’re thinking, ‘How are we going to stop this?’

“It was a big moment, it opened my eyes. It made me realise, ‘This is the next level, this where you need to be’.”

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Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (L) fights for the ball with Chelsea’s English midfielder Mason Mount during the UEFA Champions League, second-leg round of 16, football match FC Bayern Munich v FC Chelsea in Munich, southern Germany on August 8, 2020. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Mount’s comments are testament to what is already common knowledge to all Liverpool supporters – that Thiago is unquestionably a world class player.

It demonstrates the level to reach the top and pays homage to the fact Liverpool are in the running for such a caliber of player.

 

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano recently tweeted on the matter and claimed that Jurgen Klopp himself is pushing for Thiago to become only the club’s second summer addition following the arrival of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

Romano, who confirmed for The Guardian earlier in August that Liverpool will be able to sign Thiago if they pay the money Bayern want, which is currently €30 million (£27m).

Despite reports from reputable journalists such as James Pearce and Melissa Reddy, who claim Liverpool will only move for the Spaniard if another player were to leave the club, we believe this shouldn’t be the case.

If Liverpool are to remain at the top, competition for places needs to be maintained to ensure complacency isn’t allowed to creep in next season.

Player’s like Thiago would instantly make Liverpool a better team which would have huge financial benefits to the club if they want to keep revenue high as well a performances on the pitch making the case that he should be prioritised regardless of if another midfielder were to leave the club.

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