Liverpool Transfer News LIVE: Thiago Alcantara, Ismaila Sarr, Nuno Mendes, Rhian Brewster

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Liverpool finalize Thiago Alcantara’s move from Bayern Munich for just € 30m in one of the biggest transfers of the summer window, although the Spanish midfielder’s wages add to a significant investment for the Reds an times his four-year contract on Merseyside expired. . Now the attention should turn to refreshing a group in its absolute peak – if not slightly on the way down.

It means finding a good landing point for Rhian Brewster on loan, as their talented young striker needs to develop, rather than sit and wait behind Jurgen Klopp’s third lethal front. Could a move to Sheffield United be right for everyone involved? Then there is Ismaila Sarr, a deal with big money with high potential and more in line with the acquisition of Sadio Mane before he exploded to become the superstar now is.

The Reds still remain active in the market and now, with Thiago, appear poised to chart their dominance for years to come. Here are the latest stories around Anfield as the Reds look to build on last season’s success.

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THIAGO POSTS A VIDEO FROM GOODBYE

Thiago Alcantara has posted a farewell video for Bayern Munich fans ahead of his transfer to Premier League champions Liverpool.

The midfielder is set to move to Anfield and has released a video showcasing his seven years with Bayern.

Emmet Gates18 September 2020 11:00

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THIAGO WAS NOT IN LIVERPOOL’S PLANS

Liverpool were not going to sign Thiago Alcantara at the start but felt the opportunity was too good then to pass up, Sky Sports say.

The midfielder is set to move to Anfield after seven years in Germany, but Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor believes Liverpool weren’t going to sign Alcantara in this transfer window:



Liverpool’s stance throughout the summer was not to sign Thiago Alcantara – that changed a bit a few weeks ago when the suggestion was that they would only try to sign him if someone left, but they didn’t believe it was going to happen.

Now Liverpool have decided to go ahead despite this and they believe Thiago is the man for them.

Jurgen Klopp had also been consistent throughout the summer – Liverpool wouldn’t do business unless a really good opportunity presented itself and a deal was there.

It’s a deal Liverpool couldn’t refuse.

At 29, Thiago doesn’t necessarily fit the FSG model of buying young players, training them, and increasing their abilities and value, but Thiago’s flawless quality, combined with his experience of performing on the bigger stage. , meant that this particular movement was obvious.

He’s a here-and-now player, untested in the Premier League but someone who is used to performing on the bigger stage of Barcelona, ​​Bayern and Spain.

The signing should also help resolve an issue Liverpool recently acknowledged – Trent Alexander Arnold alluded to in an interview a few weeks ago – the game plan needs to change.

Emmet GatesSeptember 18, 2020 10:55 AM

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THIAGO BRINGS SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SAYS CARRAGHER

Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher says Thiago Alcantara brings “something different” to current Premier League champions.

The midfielder is set to move to Anfield, and Carragher spoke to Sky Sports about the 29-year-old:



Liverpool have five or six midfielders – they are performing well because they need the energy in this position – but a lot of the players are quite similar.

Thiago would be something different – less energetic but more technical – and I think he would be a very good addition.

Liverpool are world class at the top of the pitch, world class in defense and goalkeeper; I think they are first class in the midfield.

Something could be technically added and Thiago fits the bill perfectly, so his fingers crossed.

Emmet GatesSeptember 18, 2020 10:46 AM

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EXCITATION CALM THIAGO DIT HAMANN

Former Liverpool and Newcastle midfielder Didi Hamann has asked fans to reduce their enthusiasm over the impending signing of Thiago Alcantara.

The Spanish midfielder is due to sign for the Reds today, but Hamann is wondering if he will succeed at Anfield.

Speaking to Talksport, Hamann said:



Bayern Munich would have preferred to keep him of course, but that said, he’s been there for seven years and he probably played his best game for the club in his last, the Champions League final.

We always knew he was a good footballer, but there was never a moment in the seven years where you said: “You can’t think of the team without Thiago.

As it was now with [Thomas] Muller is back in shape and [Leon] Goretzka entering the squad, if everyone were in good shape towards the end of the season Thiago wouldn’t have played. He only played because [Benjamin] Pavard could not play in the final and [Joshua] Kimmich had to play the right-back.

So I’m not sure… The game in England is much faster than in Germany. He’s 29 now, he’s coming to a different country and a different kind of football, I think we saw him with the start of [Timo] Werner et [Kai] Havertz at Chelsea and how difficult they found playing against Brighton.

He adds something more to the Liverpool squad, but I think the jury is still out on whether he is the player they think he is or is said to be.

Emmet GatesSeptember 18, 2020 10:36 AM

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FERDINAND UN FAN DE THIAGO

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is a big admirer of Thiago Alcantara.

Alcantara is getting closer to a move to Anfield after making it clear he wants to leave Bayern Munich.

Speaking after Bayern Chelsea’s 7-1 overall demolition job in the Champions League, Ferdinand said this about the midfielder:



He’s a conductor, someone who controls the tempo of the game, he has a rearview mirror to see behind him, can see all angles, play every pass of the game.

He’s a smart player, he speaks the language which is also an important part of it.

It would be a dream for someone like Liverpool. He’s the kind of player they probably don’t have.

Emmet GatesSeptember 18, 2020 10:15 AM

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FLICK SAD TO SEE THIAGO GO

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said it was “a shame” to see midfielder Thiago Alcantara leave the club as he moved closer to Anfield.

Alcantara has been with Bayern for seven years, but has told the club he needs a new challenge.

“I can understand when a player thinks of a move,” he admitted.

“Thiago played for Barcelona in Spain and for Bayern Munich in Germany. If he wants to play in the Premier League now, I fully understand that.

“But that would be a shame, because Thiago gives us that little extra. That’s what I would like to keep him for the next few years as a coach, but that’s life. It continues.

Emmet GatesSeptember 18, 2020 10:10 AM

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REDS ASK DEMBELE

Incredibly, Liverpool are not yet finished as Thiago Alcantara could be followed by Ousmane Dembele.

The Barcelona winger is in disgrace and has failed to integrate alongside Lionel Messi.

Sport says negotiations have started on a loan deal with heavy fees.

Jack RathbornSeptember 18, 2020 9:59 AM

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THIAGO A HIGH PLAYER SAYS KOVAC

Former Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac described Thiago Alcantara as a ‘top player’.

Kovac managed Bayern for just over a year before being sacked following a 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in November 2019.

However, Kovac said this when speaking of Liverpool’s imminent arrival:

“Thiago? What can I say? Top, ”said the Croatian.

“He’s our midfielder, a player who can do anything with the ball. There is nothing he cannot do. It can speed up or slow down the pace of the game.

“He thinks like a coach on the pitch, that’s what every coach wants. I am happy to have the right to work with such a classy man as with a classy footballer.

Emmet GatesSeptember 18, 2020 9:42 AM

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ROONEY BELIEVES THIAGO’S SIGNATURE MAKES THE TITLE OF FAVORITE LIVERPOOL

Former Everton and Manchester United player Wayne Rooney believes Liverpool’s signing of Thiago Alcantara effectively seals another title.

Rooney spoke to Talksport several weeks ago, before the Alcantara deal was in its advanced stages, and said:



Chelsea do a lot of signings, good signings.

Man United have a lot of potential in the players they have but I still think they’re a year away.

Chelsea with the new signings may need a year to get everyone on the same song sheet.

So I think it’s between City and Liverpool. And if Liverpool get Thiago from Bayern Munich I think it’s done [the title].

He’s a better signing than Messi traveling to Man City.

Emmet GatesSeptember 18, 2020 9:34 AM

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Thiago Alcantara has previously claimed to be a big admirer of Liverpool’s style of play under boss Jurgen Klopp.

The midfielder’s move to Anfield is expected to be completed today, with a deal reportedly agreed to by the two clubs in the £ 27million region.

Speaking in February 2019 about Klopp’s men, the midfielder said:

“They have been playing great football over the past few years and getting better every year,” he said. “We expect a great game against a great team, but also against a great crowd.”

Emmet GatesSeptember 18, 2020 9:23 AM

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