Liverpool are seemingly moving forward in a bid to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich this summer, but Stewart Robson names three players who may see their minutes diminish if the midfielder moves to Anfield. Bayern have already admitted that Thiago will leave this summer after negotiations over a new contract broke down.
He has just one year left on his contract and the Bundesliga giants aren’t prepared to risk losing him for free.
The Spain international has also made it clear that Liverpool is his preferred destination with mixed reports about the Reds’ interest.
But last week it was reported that Thiago had agreed terms on a four-year contract with a transfer fee still to be settled.
Bayern are said to be demanding close to £30m, but Liverpool have so far been reluctant to meet that asking price.
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If Thiago does complete a switch to the Premier League champions though, former Arsenal star Stewart Robson believes his arrival could spell trouble for three Liverpool midfielders.
“I think he would be a starter,” he said on ESPN FC.
“He’s got a passing range that none of the Liverpool players have got in that central midfield area.
“He’s not as good defensively. Whether Jurgen Klopp can get him to close the ball down with greater urgency, we’ll wait and see.
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“But in terms of his passing and control in games, I think he’s better than any of the three or four midfield players Liverpool have got at the moment.”
He added: “The players that would be under a little bit of pressure would be the likes of [James] Milner, [Georginio] Wijnaldum and [Jordan] Henderson.”
Liverpool have predominantly played with one holding midfielder with Fabinho usually occupying that role with Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum playing further up the pitch.
But Robson believes the potential signing of Thiago would mean a shift in Klopp’s system.
“You do have to evolve as a team,” he said.
“We’ve seen teams be dominant for a couple years then teams get the idea of how you can get in behind them.
“I just think he might go with two central midfielder players that can get out in behind the full backs because he loves to get his full backs high up the field.
“We’ve seen how that can cause problems for many teams when you’re full backs are high up the field when you counter-attack.
“Thiago, maybe Fabinho or even Henderson could do that job and very well.”
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