Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara for around £30million would be an “absolute steal”, according to former Reds midfielder Don Hutchison. Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago is a top target for Jurgen Klopp in this transfer window. And Hutchison thinks he could be a potential replacement for Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum has entered the final year of his Liverpool contract and has been linked with a move to Barcelona following the appointment of Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman played under Koeman for the Holland national team for the past two-and-a-half years.
Thiago, meanwhile, is set to play for Bayern in Sunday’s Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain.
And Hutchison thinks the 29-year-old would be a great addition to Klopp’s midfield.
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“I think that’s the problem, I think people are probably looking at Liverpool and thinking ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it’, because they have been sensational,” Hutchison told ESPN FC.
“The worry is, Gini Wijnaldum’s going into the last year of his contract and he’s been linked with Barcelona today and maybe working with Ronald Koeman again.
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“I think that’s the problem but when you look at what Thiago’s been doing for Bayern, not just in the Champions League that we’ve seen in the last couple of weeks but in the many years he’s been there, he is just a ridiculous talent.
“He plays the game at his own tempo, his own speed, his range of pass is good, he can keep it simple.
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“If the full-backs are bombing forward he can stand still, he can pick up that little pocket to protect his centre-halves if they ever need protection, and his long range of passing is ridiculous as well.
“So he can hit the likes of [Sadio] Mane down the left-hand side and Mo Salah and drop balls into Firmino.
“I think for the money that’s being talked, in and around £30m, I think it’s an absolute steal.”
Hutchison’s colleague and former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop claims Thiago’s arrival will only enhance Liverpool’s title chances.
Hislop said: “As much as Jurgen Klopp continues to be happy with his squad, and it will stay intact for the most part, they continue to be linked with Thiago Alcantara and I think he would be an amazing acquisition if it does come through.
“Right now that’s still speculation, especially while Bayern Munich continue to contend in the Champions League.
“But if that comes through, I think that just makes it more likely that Liverpool go on and defend their title.”
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