Liverpool transfer target Thiago Alcantara has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of club legends Ronnie Whelan and Jan Molby if he signs for the Premier League champions this summer. Jamie Redknapp predicted the Spanish midfielder would be an instant success at Anfield.
Thiago continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, following his transfer request at Bayern Munich.
Liverpool are believed to be the frontrunners for his signature, but are stalling over meeting Bayern’s £27million asking price.
They are apparently waiting to sell Georginio Wijnaldum before they can make a move, having been tipped to shake up their midfield following defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield.
The Reds were criticised for their lack of creativity in the middle during the 1-1 draw, and only seemed to create substantial chances when Naby Keita came on.
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And Redknapp believes Thiago would be the perfect player to fill that gap, and compared him to Whelan and Molby, both of whom played in for the Reds back in their spell of dominance.
“We’ve often spoken about how good Liverpool’s midfield are, how hard-working they are, but sometimes they maybe lack that bit of finesse and that little bit of quality,” he told Sky Sports.
“Thiago would give them something completely different, he’s one of the best midfield players in the world.
“He dictates the play, plays at his own pace.
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“Sometimes, especially when you go to tough places in the Premier League, you cannot beat teams by going 100 mph all the time, you need a little bit of finesse and for someone to do things differently.
“Many years ago Liverpool had midfield players like Ronnie Whelan and Jan Molby who could just slow the game down and play at a tempo that suited them, Thiago could do that.
“We saw him in the Champions League final where he completely bossed the game, had so many touches of the ball and made the game look easy.”
Speaking after Spain’s 1-1 draw with Germany on Thursday, Thiago appeared to dismiss speculation linking him with a move away from Bayern.
Walking out of his post-game interview, he was asked: “Liverpool or Manchester?”
Thiago laughed and replied: “Ciao!” before again being asked about his future.
He was then asked whether he would consider staying at Bayern next season, and he didn’t rule it out.
The midfield ace said: “Munich is my home and I’m so happy to be there.”
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