Liverpool followers have been informed they’ve signed an “absolute superstar” in Thiago Alcantara.
So simply how good is the 2019-20 Treble winner, how does he examine to Liverpool’s present midfield choices and can anyone have to depart Anfield now?
What form of participant is Thiago? How good is he?
Put fairly merely, Thiago is without doubt one of the world’s greatest midfielders – and probably the most profitable.
He has received a significant league title 9 occasions in his 10 seasons (since he began performed sufficient video games in a season to qualify for a medal) – two with Barcelona and 7 in a row with Bayern. He has additionally received the Champions League twice, as soon as with every group.
“There is a lot of reason to get excited,” German soccer journalist Raphael Honigstein informed BBC Radio 5 Live’s Euro Leagues podcast.
“Liverpool fans should consider themselves very lucky because they are picking up an absolute superstar who could probably play in any team in the world.
“Thiago is within the type of his life. The method he performed within the Champions League, combining that talent and class with profitable balls again. He makes it look easy.”
Thiago also has huge international pedigree. Born in Italy, he plays for Spain, the country where he was raised, even though his father Mazinho (a 1994 World Cup winner) and brother Rafinha – both Brazil internationals – tried to persuade him to play for their country instead.
Perhaps the biggest compliment is that when his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola took over at Bayern Munich, he said: “I spoke to the membership and informed them about my idea and informed them why I need Thiago. He is the one participant that I need. It will probably be him or no-one.”
How does he examine to Liverpool’s midfielders? How will probably be slot in?
Thiago is a central midfielder – although he can play any role in that area. He is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder, as a box-to-box player or as a number 10 if needed.
Last season he only managed three goals, and made no assists, in the Bundesliga. He only played twice in the nine league games after the restart because of a groin injury – although he did feature in their German Cup and Champions League final wins.
He completed more passes in the Bundesliga than any Liverpool player managed in the Premier League last season despite playing significantly fewer minutes than Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.
His passing accuracy of 90.5% was only slightly edged by Wijnaldum (90.8%).
He had more recoveries (195) and made more interceptions (45) than any of Liverpool’s midfielders, although Henderson and Fabinho put in more tackles.
Only Henderson created more chances (27 to 20), while Wijnaldum (15) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (10) had more shots on target than Thiago’s nine.
Thiago led all Liverpool’s midfielders in dribbles attempted (85) and completed (71).
Honigstein stated: “It provides one thing to that Liverpool midfield, which does not fairly have that skillset. The concept is to rotate much more.
“There will be so many games. This will be the shortest, most insane season ever, so to rotate players around is going to be brilliant for a team who play with so much energy.”
Why are Bayern letting him go?
It might come as a shock that Bayern Munich are letting a participant go who began and excelled of their Champions League remaining win over Paris St-Germain final month, for a comparatively low cost price.
But his contract would have expired subsequent summer season.
“Bayern are letting this happen – which is slightly negligent,” stated Honigstein. “They tried to renew his contract late on. Now he is coming to Liverpool for a very small sum.
“Bayern did not have a lot alternative in the long run. They did not wish to run down his contract, he did not wish to run down his contract.
“He was agitating for Liverpool and Bayern to come to a decision. Bayern need to generate some money before they can spend again, such are the effects of coronavirus.”
Does it imply Wijnaldum will depart?
There had been reviews that Liverpool’s 29-year-old Netherlands midfielder Wijnaldum may very well be allowed to depart this summer season – with Barcelona .
James Pearce, the Athletic’s Liverpool reporter, informed 5 Live: “Until the past few days the club’s stance was they would only firm up their interest in Thiago if they were to lose a midfielder and Wijnaldum was the obvious one.
“I do not suppose it’s inevitable Wijnaldum will go as a result of since he has returned from worldwide obligation, the phrase has been he has knuckled down and needs to stick with Liverpool.”