Liverpool this summer made one of their biggest signings of the last century. The Reds went out and bought an elite player from the European champions. Kopites were ecstatic. Even ex-Reds have been joining in with the celebrations; former academy star Gerardo Bruna has been drooling over Thiago Alcantara.
Liverpool sign Thiago
All summer the board and the gaffer kept telling us that there was no money in the pot.
The Reds are skint they told us, the financial impact of the global health crisis was tremendous.
However, they managed to find £20m odd behind the back of the sofa to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.
The Spaniard was entering the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and opted against a new deal in order to join the mighty Reds.
Gerardo Bruna drools over Thiago
Gerardo Bruna joined Liverpool’s academy from Real Madrid, where he competed against Thiago. The pair played together in Spain’s youth system. Bruna recently spoke about Thiago on the Blood Red Podcast, saying:
“Now he plays deeper as a playmaker, but at the time he was an attacking midfielder and he was dribbling a lot more and you can see how good he is at dribbling with the ball and how technical he is.
“Now he is complete – you can see him tackling, you can see him making the team play and setting the pace of the team, and his awareness.
“He has become a complete midfielder and before he was more offensive. Now is more complete and he is doing so well.
“The press called him the ‘next Xavi’ or the ‘next Iniesta’ or whatever, but they are different players. He is himself and I see him as very different to them, but has he reached that level…yes, I think he probably is at that level to be honest.”
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Thiago has at least another four or five years left at the top level, his game doesn’t demand box to box running and he is clever enough to adapt should he slow down.
This gives him the time to prove that he is more than worthy of being considered, as Gerardo Bruna said, on a level with Xavi and Iniesta.
We saw just how Thiago sets the pace when we played Chelsea. Kopites are chomping at the bit waiting to see the Spaniard again.
Fingers crossed we’ll see him set the pace against Everton after the international break.