Describing Thiago Alcantara in one world is nearly impossible due to his phenomenal skill-sets and ability to orchestrate the tempo of the game while driving forward to create chances to score or shoot himself.
He is revered for his excellent dribbling skills, technical abilities, ball control, passing range and vision but what sets him apart from the rest is his ability to transition to attack and instantly drop deep to work his magic in midfield.
With Bayern Munich, he was able to win 16 trophies including 7 consecutive Bundesliga titles and the Champion League trophy. But despite the numerous trophy haul and the opportunity to play first team football at Bayern Munich, Thiago wants to leave the European champions and test himself in the best league in the world- The English Premier League.
He wants to play for Liveprool or Manchester City and prove he is a top player capable of adapting to any league and matching the tenicity and rythm of that team.
Without doubt, Thiago is a top, top player but the question remains, do Liverpool really need another central midfielder? They currently have 5 of the most hardworking midfielders in the world.
The likes of Jordan Henderson, Gini WIjnaldum, James Milner, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Curtis Jonas and even Takumi Minamino can run for 90 minutes without breaking a sweat. Those boys are far fitter, stronger and much more adapted to the intensity of the Premier League.
Thiago’s ball distribution might supersede all of them but, if Naby Keita can stay fit, he can equally do what the Brazilian does and even better. Keita can dictate the tempo of the game, dribble past players with breath neck speed, set up counter attacks and even score long range stunner but, his Achilles heel remains injury.
The Guinea international hardly stays fit. He is yet to play 10 games in a row without getting injured. That lack of fitness and consistency is a massive window for Thiago to join Liverpool and give them another dimension to play.
His excellent ball winning ability, retention and distribution will take Liverpool to another notch and that is what most legends like Wayne Rooney don’t want to see.
So should Liveprool really sign the 29-year-old?