Liverpool’s reported agreement with Bayern Munich over the signing of Thiago Alcantara is arguably the club’s biggest statement of intent in decades.
Jurgen Klopp and his Premier League champions have poached a proven winner from one of the world’s biggest footballing superpowers and the reigning Champions League winners.
Liverpool haven’t shopped this high up in the market in years. Even in the cases of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, both Southampton and Roma do not command the same fear factor or the financial lure of Bayern Munich respectively.
It is the first occasion of the Klopp era where the German manager has been able to purchase a ready-made serial winner and this cannot be overlooked.
Liverpool’s previous deals to sign Kostas Tsimikas, Takumi Minamino and Adrian were sanctioned in the attempt to improve squad depth whereas Thiago immediately improves a starting XI that registered a frankly ridiculous 99-points tally last season.
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The Reds have utilised their status as English champions to some effect and have brought in the one player that supporters have craved more than anyone else this summer transfer window.
Proven serial winner
Thiago will arrive on Merseyside as a proven serial winner off the back of his recent Champions League triumph with Bayern.
His stunning performance in the 1-0 victory in the final against Paris Saint German typifies that particular notion as the Spaniard always comes to the fore in the big games.
In total, he has won 23 honours at club level including seven Bundesliga titles and two European Cup successes.
His role for Bayern in their treble-winning season was nothing shy of extraordinary. Thiago was the focal point of the German champions’ midfield and was able to completley dictate the tempo of matches during vital victories against Barcelona, Chelsea, Tottenham and RB Leipzig.
He has been capped 39 times for his country and at just 29, Liverpool will be purchasing a player who still has three to four years at peak level.
His vast experience also shouldn’t be underestimated considering he has clocked up 331 appearances at two of Europe’s fiercest juggernauts in the form of Barcelona and Bayern.
Nothing which lies ahead for him at Liverpool will daunt him given he has won everything in club football there is to win previously available to him. This is what makes the move to Anfield so appealing.
Deal may not have been possible otherwise
Liverpool are a big club who can attract players from all across Europe.
But the club’s status as English and world champions coupled by the footballing genius of Klopp have made Anfield one of the most luring and appealing footballing destinations on the planet.
Signing Thiago is arguably the biggest statement of intent any club across the continent has yet to made in the current transfer window, and his addition could help attract other top players too.
It is good to see Liverpool are still prepared to invest in proven world-class players that will strengthen the starting XI as opposed to improving options from the bench.
In the space of 24 hours, Liverpool’s Premier League title credentials have certainly seen a drastic improvement as Thiago is the perfect player that Klopp can look to build a legacy with.
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