Liverpool transfer roundup: Thiago Alcantara is last as Klopp opens up about squad depth


Liverpool closed their triumphant Premier League season on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United. They finished the season 99 points, 18 ahead of Manchester City, and won the Premier League trophy for the first time in history – winning the league for the first time in 30 years.

However, their relatively thin team have handled injuries well throughout the year, which means the Reds may need to add depth this summer. This need is compounded by the loss of Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and potentially other players on the squad this summer.

Meanwhile, the Reds will look to defend their title, with Jurgen Klopp set to fight with an invigorated Pep Guardiola and City again.

With that in mind, and with an odd summer transfer window looming, here is the latest roundup of Liverpool transfer rumors.

Lallana excited by Brighton challenge

Adam Lallana described his move to Brighton as ‘the perfect fit’

Adam Lallana officially moved to Brighton on Monday. The midfielder, who had escaped Klopp’s plans at Anfield, has revealed he is excited for the challenge ahead under Graham Potter.

“I can’t wait to start,” he said on the club’s official website. “It’s a breath of fresh air coming here – having my checkup, it’s all new. It’s a challenge that I can’t wait to take on.

“All the infrastructure and ambition around the club excites me. There are so many young talents and so many abilities.

“The manager is very much appreciated and it was a pretty easy choice for me at the end, especially knowing how much Brighton has reached out. It’s good to know that you’re wanted – I think it’s a perfect match.

Lallana has only played 373 minutes in the Premier League this season, but Liverpool could look to replace their versatility and depth in midfield if further starts take place.

Klopp indifferent to the size of the team

Jurgen Klopp believes in quality over quantity

While Liverpool’s starting XI is formidable, the depth of the squad is a concern, especially at specific positions like the left-back and the top three.

Jurgen Klopp, however, is not concerned about the size of the squad and says quality, not quantity, is more important.

“The solution can’t be to have a much bigger squad at the exact moment and then realize that you can’t use all the players,” he said. “These players can only play the football they play because they know they are needed.

“They are all human beings and no one can be held back for a year, then on the last day of the year they are told, ‘Now we need you.’ Between now and then there has to be a lot of training and support and challenges like this.

“We can’t just keep someone in the backyard and raise them at the decisive moment. It won’t help. We will have solutions for that, we have young players. The size of the team is not that important to me, the quality of the team is just as important.

Latest news on Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara has been widely tipped to join Liverpool

Despite numerous rumors suggesting Liverpool would make a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, ESPN report that the Reds are showing no interest in the 29-year-old.

According to the report, which cites ESPN sources, Liverpool were never interested in Thiago, citing wages, age, injury toll and the fact that he does not fit the style of Klopp, who is known to be its high intensity and athletic requirement, as problems for any potential chord.

Thiago is a technically gifted central midfielder who plays with art and creativity. He is not built in the Klopp mold of the central midfielder, ESPN claims.

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The report also states that no major signing will take place this summer without a top player leaving the club. With no big exit expected, this leaves Liverpool looking for a calm transfer window.

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