Liverpool Face Fierce Competition In Pursuit Of Bayern Munich Midfielder: Right Choice For The Reds?

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)

According to a recent report by Le10Sport, Liverpool will face fierce competition in pursuit of Bayern Munich midfield ace Thiago Alcantara this summer. The same source has also revealed that the Reds will have to battle it out with Paris-Saint Germain and Manchester City in the race to acquire the services of the Spanish playmaker during this summer transfer period.

Thiago’s Dominant Season At Bavaria

The former Barcelona player has enjoyed another solid season with the Munich outfit after producing a string of commanding performances at the centre of Hans-Dieter Flick’s midfield. He has been involved in 36 matches for the German outfit this term, registering three goals and two assists on all fronts. Thiago has mostly operated in a holding midfield role for Bayern this season which explains his low productivity going forward.

The 29-year-old has been consistent with his performances over the past 12 months based on his average of 2.1 tackles, 2.1 interceptions, 0.5 clearances, 0.7 shots, 1.0 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League this season. He has taken care of the ball well while distributing it as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 90.5% in league football (stats via whoscored).

The Italy-born midfielder has got some valuable international experience as well after securing 37 senior caps for the Spanish national team, netting two goals for his country in the process. If Thiago can maintain his high standards next season, then he should have a decent shot of being selected in Spain boss Luis Enrique’s squad for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals.

Liverpool face fierce competition in pursuit of Thiago Alcantara who is in action in the photo
Anthony Ujah of Union Berlin in action with Bayern Munich’s Thiago during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Union Berlin and FC Bayern Muenchen at Stadion An der Alten Foersterei on May 17, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. The Bundesliga and Second Bundesliga is the first professional league to resume the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All matches until the end of the season will be played behind closed doors. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via Getty Images)

What Does The Spanish Midfield Enforcer Offer On The Field?

Thiago has a great technique and can play a wide range of passes from midfield. He is a very accurate distributor of the ball and can orchestrate some promising goal-scoring opportunities in the attacking third. The Spanish playmaker can even generate a lot of power and precision with his strikes from long range, which makes him such a vital component of the Bayern midfield. He has won a lot of trophies at the highest level so he will match the Liverpool players’ winning mentality on the pitch if he decides to make a switch to Anfield this summer.

Is Thiago The Right Choice For The Reds?

Thiago ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Jurgen Klopp generally expects from his midfielders. He is more than capable of securing a regular midfield berth in the Reds’ starting XI in the upcoming campaign. The Spaniard will not only add more goals and creativity to the Liverpool midfield but also enhance the overall quality of their match-day squad.

Furthermore, Thiago could prove to be a welcome upgrade over Adam Lallana, who decided to join Brighton and Hove Albion recently. All in all, the Bayern star will be an excellent choice for the newly crowned Premier League champions as he will help them consolidate their spot at the summit of English football in the coming seasons.

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