Although this Liverpool team is absolutely formidable, there’s a feeling that they could do with one exceptional playmaker to control the play at times.
Wijnaldum, Henderson and Keita are more “all-rounders” and they fit perfectly into Klopp’s system, but some of the recent rumours about Thiago Alcantara do make sense.
A recent report from Tuttomercato indicated that Liverpool actually had an agreement with Thiago ahead of a summer transfer, but nothing has been agreed since.
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It’s always interesting to see how existing players react to this kind of speculation – some will rise to the challenge and look to prove themselves, while some will fold and look for a transfer.
Naby Keita has played well against Brighton so far tonight, and it looks like these Liverpool fans are convinced the Thiago rumours have forced him to up his game:
Keita since he heard about the Thiago links pic.twitter.com/mqeHFJQiDq
— Josh? (@_lfcjosh) July 8, 2020
Keita is taking the Thiago links personally!
— Slimsem ? (@SlimSEM_) July 8, 2020
— Optimus (@0_0fcuksgvn) July 8, 2020
— Alex Coglan (@AlexCoglan) July 8, 2020
Keita has definitely seen this Thiago links. My man is everywhere ?
— Ebere Thomas (@StalindeAfrique) July 8, 2020
Regardless of what happens with Thiago, this is the ideal situation for Jurgen Klopp. Either he will have a motivated player who’s playing well, or the club can use his recent form to drive a higher transfer fee if they want to sell him.