Liverpool could use Thiago’s struggles to make decision on Jurgen Klopp’s transfer target

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Liverpool have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman, who is said to be unhappy with his situation at the Allianz Arena. Bayern are keen to tie Coman down to a new long-term contract, with his current deal running until 2023.

However, there is yet to be a breakthrough in negotiations, with Sky in Germany reporting that the winger is unhappy with the salary he has been offered.

There have been reports that Liverpool have attempted to capitalise on the situation by making a move for Coman.

However, according to Sky in Germany, Bayern have set Coman’s asking price at €100m (£86m).

But it is not only the potential fee that should be putting Liverpool off the deal, given what happened the last time they signed a player from Bayern.

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Last season, Jurgen Klopp’s side forked out £20 million to sign midfielder Thiago Alcantara from the Bundesliga giants.

Thiago came with a massive reputation as one of the best midfielders in world football, having one four La Liga league titles during his time at Barcelona, seven Bundesliga titles during his time at Bayern and two Champions Leagues.

However, the Spain International initially struggled to adapt to English football, with an impressive debut against Chelsea followed by him testing positive for coronavirus.

After returning for the Merseyside derby, Thiago suffered a knee injury which ruled him out of Liverpool’s next ten Premier League games.

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However, he barely missed a game in the second half of the season and still put in several disappointing displays, ending the campaign with just one goal and no assists.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Thiago revealed that he had indeed struggled to adapt to English football,

“At the beginning, I was surprised by the rhythm of the game and the long balls,” he said.

“Here, some teams have a lot of appreciation for how long balls can create big chances for them very quickly.

“And on the same point, the faster you put the ball in front, the faster it comes back.

“Throw-ins, corner kicks, goal kicks… everything happens at more speed here and you have to adapt to that.

“When there is a situation where you think you can breathe, the ball is already in play again.”

Given Thiago’s struggles to make an immediate impact, Liverpool will surely be wary about meeting Bayern’s asking price for Coman.

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