With the status as Premier League champions finally a beaming reality for Liverpool supporters, fans had hoped to see a strong statement in the transfer market.

So far, there has been limited dealings amid the financial uncertainty that has followed the pandemic, with only Kostas Tsimikas signed with the 2020/21 campaign firmly underway.

Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Final

LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 23: Thiago Alcantara of FC Bayern Munich celebrates with the UEFA Champions League Trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Michael Regan – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Thiago Alcantara has been persistently touted as a top target, yet so much ambiguity still remains as to whether there is concrete interest in the Spaniard from Liverpool’s part.

Liverpool are yet to make an official bid, with ESPN reporting yesterday that Thiago would command a weekly pay-packet of £200,000-a-week if any club were to sign the 29-year-old.

According to The Independent, a move for Thiago still appears elusive and Liverpool could be set to wait until the final week of the transfer window before making a substantial move.

It seems unlikely that Liverpool will move for Thiago given that reputable journalists such as James Pearce and Melissa Reddy recently claimed that the only logical explanation for a deal materialising would be if the Reds were to sell one of their current midfield options – a scenario the club expect not to happen.

Georginio Wijnaldum was recently linked with a move to Barcelona but Klopp has since had his say on the rumoured transfer development.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Liverpool coach said: “It’s all good with Gini. Absolutely fine about the future as far as we are involved. I can’t speak about a few years, but it’s all good for the moment.

“You know the situation – between me, Gini and the club, everything is fine.

“Since Gini is here I have had 500 or 600 talks with him. Of course, I’ve spoken to him since he came back from international duty. But that’s all.”

FC Bayern Muenchen Training Session

MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY 23: Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich passes the ball during a training session at Saebener Strasse training ground on July 23, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images)

He’s carrying on

Thiago is still firmly a Bayern player and will look to feature for the Champions League winners when their 2020/21 campaign begins on Friday with a home clash against Schalke.

The former Barcelona maestro was given an extra week off training following his recent involvement with the Spanish national team in the UEFA Nations League last week but is expected to return ahead of Bayern’s inaugural Bundesliga fixture.

Despite Liverpool’s season already underway following that enthralling 4-3 victory against Leeds on the opening day, links with Thiago still persist.

Liverpool reportedly haven’t given up on a deal and there may still be a late twist, but with every passing day, this looks like a tougher deal to get over the line.

Klopp has remained consistent with the club’s transfer approach this summer and unless a key player in that specific area were to leave, it is difficult to see a deal materialising.

A more viable and likely option for Liverpool would be for the club to agree upon a pre-contract arrangement in January when Thiago is able to begin talks with other clubs considering the player is in the final year of his Bayern contract.

Germany v Spain - UEFA Nations League - Thiago Alcantara

STUTTGART, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 03: Thiago Alcantara of Spain runs with the ball during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Germany and Spain at Mercedes-Benz Arena on September 03, 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Fan frustration

The whole saga has totally and understandably frustrated supporters, who have been venting on social media about the seemingly backwards way that developments continually seem to unfold.

Here are a selected number of responses from Kopites who are beginning to accept that a deal becomes less likely the more the transfer window lingers on…

 

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