How Liverpool could line up with Thiago Alcantara as Fabinho option explored

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara looks as though he'll be on the move this summer, and has seemingly got his eyes on a move to Liverpool.

The recently crowned Premier League champions have been strongly linked with the Spain international, who Bayern have confirmed is looking to leave the club a year before the expiry of his contract.

"He's a great guy on and off the pitch. We negotiated with him and met all of his wishes," Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Bild.

"But he wants to leave. It looks like he may want to do something new at the end of his career."

Could that really be Liverpool though?

The move is certainly one to excite the club's fans, but at 29 he doesn't quite fit the profile of the players that Jurgen Klopp usually signs.

However, at a fee of around £35million and possessing undoubted quality, the former Barcelona man would undoubtedly be an exciting addition, even if it does appear slightly unlikely.

But how would Liverpool line up with him in the team?

Klopp would surely be the first to tell you that he doesn't really possess a 'best XI' as he sees his squad as being the most important thing, and were they to sign Thiago then Liverpool could look at something that has been seen already several times on the continent.

With the Reds frequently dominating possession and territory in home matches against most opposition in the Premier League – Crystal Palace didn't have a touch in the penalty area in their last Anfield match – then we could see the midfielder Fabinho starting matches in defence alongside Virgil van Dijk due to the fact that he won't really need to do much defending.

The likes of Javier Mascherano at Barcelona and Javi Martinez at Bayern Munich have almost been pioneers of that approach often favoured by Pep Guardiola, and Fabinho did play at centre-back against both Brighton and Bayern last season.

The Brazilian even dropped in there in the second half of the defeat to Manchester City on Thursday.

With question marks over the future of Dejan Lovren, it could be that Klopp uses Fabinho as another centre-back option should the Croatian depart.

Thiago could then be added in midfield, although it is also worth adding that Gini Wijnaldum's contract negotiations are worth keeping an eye on.

Joe Gomez and Joel Matip still deserve to be seen as the options to partner Van Dijk in the bigger games, with Fabinho in midfield, but adding Thiago would give Liverpool another player who could provide excellent quality on the ball.

The transfer may seem unlikely, but is certainly gaining some traction.

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