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Ignore the pleas: Liverpool should never sell £20m Thiago

Liverpool should never sell Thiago. There has been at least one call for Bayern Munich to re-sign the midfielder.

We don’t think Liverpool should ever sell Thiago. There’s far too much to gain from keeping him around.

The Reds paid £20m to bring in the Spaniard for this season – but they signed him to a four-year deal. Thiago will be 33 when it ends.

And with that in mind, it doesn’t make sense to ever sell him.

We say that in the wake of Bayern legend Lothar Matthäus calling for Bayern to bring Thiago back to Bavaria.

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“How about Bayern bring Thiago back to Munich?” Matthäus told Sky Germany. “He’s not getting on at Liverpool and in Munich, he is missed by Hansi Flick and the fans.

“Anyone who says goodbye to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge so emotionally, the door is certainly never completely closed.”

Long-term

Liverpool will never get £20m back for Thiago – unless they sell this summer. But doing that would mean bailing out on a magnificent deal before really seeing the best of it.

Because the frustrating thing is that we might not see Thiago at his best until next season when everyone is back. He arrived to play in midfield with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, after all, and hasn’t had that chance.

So we can rule out a summer move, we’d think. And beyond that, Thiago is into his 30s.

Anything you get in way of a transfer fee by then will not be equivalent to Thiago’s worth. He can bring a lot well into his 30s.

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Thiago isn’t an explosive, athletic player, after all – he’ll still be great at 32 and 33. Even off the bench, Liverpool will have a player with elite-level experience who knows how to control the biggest games.

But what Thiago can teach young players will prove invaluable. We’re fully expecting Curtis Jones, for instance, to benefit greatly just from training with the Spaniard.

So with all that in mind, Liverpool should never sell Thiago. Let his contract run out, sure, but the Reds should get the full four years out of the player.

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