Liverpool have begun the 2020/21 campaign in scintilating fashion, both on and off the pitch. The Reds’ most recent 2-0 victory against title rivals Chelsea capped off a perfect week which also saw both Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota sign for the club.
Both summer additions have effectively rounded off Liverpool’s transfer activity for this window with Jurgen Klopp firmly content with the squad at his disposal for this season.
Dominating both on and off the pitch
There were concerns that midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could leave the club after being extensively linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks.
Wijnaldum, 29, has recently entered the final year of his contract at the club and there were previously talks that the only way Thiago could be brought into the club was if another midfield option were to leave in the summer window.
However, this has since changed after Liverpool were able to strike a deal with Bayern Munich which meant the club could pay Thiago’s £20 million initial fee in four yearly instalments as opposed to up-front.
With that said, Liverpool do not need to sanction the sale of any of their current players because they are effectively paying just £5 million a year to secure the services of one of the best midfielders in world football.
Also, sporting director Michael Edwards was able to orchestrate a similar deal with new signing Jota after Liverpool and Wolves reached an agreement that the Reds would only have to pay 10 per cent of the Portugal international’s £45 million fee in the first year.
Ki-Jana Hoever then went in the opposite direction after Wolves struck a deal to sign the Dutch youth international with an initial fee worth £9 million which will cover the cost of the first year for both Thiago and Jota.
What next for Wijnaldum?
Such shrewd investment has meant that Liverpool are in no position to sell and is one of many reasons why Wijanldum – who currently earns £75,000-a-week according to Spotrac – is expected to remain at the club for the 2020/21 campaign.
There is even a possibility that an agreement can be met regarding a contract extension for Wijnaldum although talks between the player’s agent and the club are currently not in motion.
Reputable Liverpool Simon Hughes gave his opinion on the matter and claimed that he would be ‘surprised’ if a resolution was met between Wijnaldum and the club in the coming weeks.
Speaking on The Athletic’s Red Agenda podcast, he said: “For me, I think at this stage Wijnaldum’s contract is up at the end of June next year. I’d be surprised certainly over the next few weeks if a new contract was signed.”
Hughes also commented on the significance of Thiago’s arrival and indicated that the Spaniard’s arrival could represent a changing of the guard regarding Liverpool’s transfer philosophies.
“It’s gone on for a long time now. I think that it’s quite clear that Liverpool have a new status in European football,” Hughes added.
“This signing [Thiago] has been beyond the club since 1990. In the modern era, Liverpool haven’t been able to attract a player of Thiago’s standing to the club. A player who has won everything there is to win, who would get into any European team.
“He is 29, and there is no sign that he is over the hill. Kevin de Bruyne is 29 and actually managed fewer games than Thiago over the last three to four seasons.
“You could expect this player [Thiago] to be really effective in the team up to the age of 32 to 33. David Silva has proven you can do that over the last couple of seasons and could have probably played on in the Premier League but wanted to try something else.
“It’s the sort of signing that happens when you start achieving things. Liverpool have been very bold and ambitious and it shows where the club are at in this moment.”
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