Klopp’s comments about Thiago suggest transfer is three years in making

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have been linked with a transfer for Thiago Alcantara.

The Spaniard's contract is winding down at Bayern Munich, and it seems the Bundesliga giants are ready to cash in on him for €35million (£31.5m).

Klopp, as always, is keeping his cards close to his chest in regards to his interest in the 29-year-old.

But things he has previously said about Thiago tell an interestingly tale.

Back in 2019, the Liverpool manager apparently ran out of superlatives for Thiago after watching the midfielder in action in Bayern Munich's 0-0 draw with the Reds in the Champions League at Anfield.

He said: "I've probably never seen them defend like that.

"Respect to them as they made it difficult for us, although we had good situations where we missed the last touch.

"Thiago is a world-class footballer. He played that deep-lying playmaker role very well. Alongside [Javi] Martinez, they were very good."

Interestingly, this wasn't the first time Klopp felt compelled to speak out on the midfielder's ability on a football pitch.

In 2017, Klopp said of the Spaniard: "In my time in Germany, I admired Thiago Alcantara, for example."

Liverpool are keen to land Thiago this summer but do not want to pay his full £31.5million asking price up front.

Instead, the Reds, who are already in talks with the midfielder, are looking at a way to pay for the player in installments.

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