As a club in years gone by Liverpool have been renowned for developing talent into the world class bracket, rather than recruiting players of that ilk.
However, if reports are to be believed, the Reds may well be showing signs of that being left in the past, with Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcântara heavily linked.
For many players performances hold the key, but with some quite frankly their name holds significant weight alone and, make no mistake about it, Thiago sits comfortably in the latter category.
Still just 29 years old, the Spanish international has been surrounded by some of the world’s finest throughout his senior career, including the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Philipp Lahm and many more illustrious figures in the world of football.
While many Liverpool’s fans have been ecstatic since such reports were revealed, many remain cautious to believe if they are true following the heartbreak of seeing long-term target Timo Werner join rivals Chelsea ready for next season.
Significant sources implied that the Reds missed out on the signing of Werner due to the financial impacts of the current Covid-19 pandemic, one of the main factors behind why many are treating the Thiago speculation as nothing more than rumour.
To say that the sudden development of Thiago potentially joining the Reds revolution under Klopp wasn’t a shock would be a lie, but as the reports continue to gather pace and validity through previously reliable international outlets, there comes a sense of excitement.
Putting it simply, the midfielder widely appreciated for his sublime control and distribution on the ball, is a serial winner.Embed from Getty Images
Thiago represented Barcelona during some of the club’s most potent years in the modern era, contributing to some of the best style of play in the game at that time, winning every trophy available at club level and lifting the Champions League in 2010/11.
Since joining Bayern Munich in 2013, he has found success on the European stage tougher to come by but having has won the league every year since joining the club, totalling seven Bundesliga titles.
Klopp has openly spoke of his admiration for the player in the past, referring to him as a “world-class footballer”, but has refused to be drawn into commenting on speculation when posed the question at recent press conferences.
Bayern appear resigned to losing their man and have vowed not lose any of their players on free transfers, adding fuel to the fire that Thiago will imminently be arriving on Merseyside as the Spaniard creeps towards the end of his current contract.
Several high-profile journalists, Christian Falk included, claim that he has already said his goodbyes to his teammates ahead of what is meant to be a deal rising to a potential €35m.
Understandably, Reds fans will be hurt from missing out on Werner who appeared destined to join Klopp at Anfield. Should Thiago join the Reds that may be forgotten about – with all due respected to the Chelsea-bound forward, his rival can offer greater experience and a winning mentality to continue momentum towards more titles.
Something that Klopp and his staff now have to manage is not only the players’ ability and fitness, but the squad’s mentality to continue winning. The recruitment of a player who is used to regular success could be invaluable moving forward.
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