Hamann explains why Liverpool’s interest in Thiago ‘makes sense’

Dietmar Hamann believes Liverpool’s reported interest in Thiago Alcantara ‘makes sense’ and believes the Bayern Munich midfielder would add a different option to the club’s ‘workhorse’ midfield.

Thiago has been linked with a move to the Premier League champions after informing Bayern of his desire for a new challenge after seven seasons in the Bundesliga, with England a likely destination for the Spain international who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United.

The midfielder’s age would see him differ to the Reds’ usual transfer targets, but Hamann believes a move ‘makes sense’ if Jurgen Klopp is keen to add a more technical player to a midfield which is renowned for its work-rate and industry.

“At 29, he doesn’t quite fit the profile of the Reds’ purchasing policy,” Hamann told Abendzeitung Munich.

“Nevertheless, a transfer would make sense in my eyes, because Jurgen Klopp has more workhorses in his midfield with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Naby Keita and could use a technician like Thiago well.”

Thiago has just a year remaining on his contract at the Allianz Arena and is believed to be available for a fee in the region of £30m, an asking price which Hamann insists represents a ‘good deal’ for Liverpool as they bid to strengthen ahead of their title defence.

“That would be a very good deal in Corona times, Liverpool certainly wants to keep the price down,’ he added.

“Thiago is 29 and when everyone is fit in the Bayern midfield around Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Thomas Muller, he sits on the bench.

“Thiago certainly has brilliant moments, I like to watch him. But the hard facts are: Bayern was never in a Champions League final with him.

“The bottom line is still the most likely option for me to go to Liverpool.”

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