Update on Liverpool's pursuit of Thiago Alcantara who is seen in the photo
Thiago Alcantara of FC Bayern Muenchen poses with the trophy in celebration after the DFB Cup final match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern Muenchen at Olympiastadion on July 04, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

In a recent report, Bild (subscription required) stated that Liverpool have begun talks with Bayern Munich for Thiago Alcantara ahead of a potential move during this summer transfer window. It is believed that the Reds’ interest is now getting ‘serious’ for the Spanish midfielder as Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of his talents (via Bild).

Thiago’s Outstanding Form In Europe This Season

Thiago is enjoying a majestic campaign under the expert tutelage of Hans-Dieter Flick as he has been responsible for producing several dominant displays at the heart of the Bayern midfield. He was once again at his best on Friday night when he helped his team thrash Barcelona by an 8-2 scoreline.

Even though the Spaniard didn’t score in that game, yet he ran the show at the centre of the park, proving just how influential he can be at both ends of the field. Thiago has participated in 38 matches for the Bavarian giants this term, scoring three and setting up two goals in multiple competitions.

The 29-year-old has done well to average 3.1 tackles, 2.4 interceptions, 0.8 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game in the UEFA Champions League this season. He has also been tidy with his ball-distribution after completing 91.3% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored).

Liverpool begin talks with Bayern Munich for Thiago Alcantara who is celebrating in the picture
Thiago Alcántara of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Olympiastadion on January 19, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Will The Spanish Playmaker Bring To The Table?

Thiago has a wide range of passes in his locker and can be considered amongst the best passers in European football. He is quite fluid in the way he operates in midfield and has got the vision to play a decisive through-ball in the final third. The Spanish talent can also put in a solid shift defensively and doesn’t mind putting his body on the line to win the ball back for this team. His experience and winning mentality make him an attractive proposition for Klopp’s side ahead of the new season.

Is Thiago The Right Choice For Jurgen Klopp’s Side?

Thiago will add a lot of creativity and variety to Liverpool’s midfield department and could prove to be a perfect replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum if the Reds fail to pen him down to a new contract. At 29, the Bayern star is not getting any younger, so this summer could be his last big chance to make a high-profile move to join another top European club.

The current Liverpool midfield sometimes had lacked invention going forward in the recently concluded Premier League campaign, so it makes sense for them to recruit the former Barcelona player this summer.

It would be fascinating to see how Thiago adjusts to the physicality and high intensity of football in England. All in all, the Spanish maestro is good enough to walk into Klopp’s first XI and could help them win a lot of trophies in the coming years which makes him a decent choice for the Merseyside giants to consider in this off-season.

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