Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has questioned whether a Reds move for Thiago Alcantara would actually improve the team’s starting XI.
The 29-year-old featured for the Bavarian giants in last night’s DFB-Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen, with Bayern running out 4-2 winners for the midfielder’s 15th piece of silverware with the club.
Since leaving Barcelona in 2013, Thiago has established himself as one of the tidiest and most creative central midfielders in the game.
Despite his brilliant achievements over in Germany though, ex-Reds centre-half Nicol is not convinced about Liverpool making a potential move.
He said (ESPN FC): “Yes, he’s a great player, but I’m not sure he makes the team better though.
“Do you really want to touch something that isn’t broken? Liverpool are very dynamic and Thiago is more of an old-school footballer.
“He’s a great player and you need a squad, but is he pushing the starting XI? I don’t think so.”
TBR’s View – Thiago surely improves Liverpool
Liverpool may be dynamic as Nicol says, but that doesn’t mean Thiago wouldn’t be a good fit at Anfield.
Bayern are also high energy and intense but the Spaniard does a brilliant job of dictating the tempo of their games.
He is a sensational passer and an elegant technician, and could potentially make a good partner for the more steely Fabinho in midfield.
With 76.8 passes per 90 at an accuracy of 90.5% this season (WhoScored), it’s clear he knows how to assert control. If Liverpool can negotiate down from £31.5 million, it would surely be a no-brainer.