Having won the Premier League title at a canter, one could be forgiven for thinking that Liverpool would be in party mode right now. While the club’s results on the pitch have dipped a little since they confirmed their title win, it seems as if behind the scenes, the Reds are doing all they can to ensure that this win is the first of many, and thus are working to build a squad that can compete at the top next season as well.
Liverpool did not bring in any senior players in last summer’s transfer window, and only signed Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg in January. While this has meant that Jurgen Klopp has been able to build familiarity within the squad, there may be a case for some refreshment needed as well. The likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are putting in performances which indicate that they are ready to take up starting roles in the future, and Liverpool are now also apparently moving for another top-class midfielder to add to their ranks.
If reports are to be believed, the Reds are in pole position to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich this summer. The former Barcelona midfielder has rejected a contract offer from the German champions and looks set to move on, and Liverpool are his preferred destination. However, there is still some way to go before a transfer can take place, with Bayern and Liverpool quite some way apart in terms of the transfer fee. While Bayern want £35 million for Thiago, Liverpool are only willing to offer around £18 million at the moment.
However, Liverpool are in quite a strong bargaining position given that Thiago’s deal runs out at the end of next season, making it imperative for Bayern to sell this summer if they want to recoup any sort of fee. This is the reason why you will see sports betting site in UK offering really good odds on this transfer eventually going through. Liverpool’s squad will be given a huge boost if they manage to land Thiago, as he is probably one of the best midfielders in the world, and his addition would give Klopp another string to add to his bow.
Thiago has won numerous honours in his time at Bayern, and at Barcelona before that. He recently won his seventh Bundesliga title, and has also won four German Cups at Munich. At Barcelona, the midfielder picked up two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, one Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. Liverpool would thus be getting a midfielder who is used to winning, and that mentality, along with his undoubted ability on the pitch, will serve them well as they look to defend their Premier League crown next season, as well as take another shot at the Champions League which they won last season. The likes of Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho may have to look over their shoulders if Thiago does arrive, but that sort of increased competition for places will be music to Klopp’s ears.