Jamie Carragher says Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will add some technical ability to Liverpool’s midfield, if the deal is signed off.
After a summer of denying any interest in the Bayern Munich man, Liverpool moved quickly on Thursday to agree a £20m fee, with £5m in add ons.
A number of outlets, including The Athletic, Sky Sports and the BBC, carried the story with Thiago now set to travel to Melwood to have a medical before penning a four-year deal.
Bayern boss Hansi Flick paid tribute to Thiago on Thursday and revealed he had said his goodbyes.
“Thiago is an exceptional player who spent seven hugely successful years here,” Flick said. “He’s a wonderful person and an outstanding professional. It was very emotional today when he said goodbye to us all.”
And reacting to the news, former Reds defender Carragher thinks Thiago could add another dimension to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.
Carragher told Sky Sports: “Liverpool have got five or six midfield players – they rotate well because they need energy in that position – but a lot of the players are pretty similar.
“Thiago would be something different – less in energy but more technical – and I think he would be a really good addition.
“Liverpool are world-class at the top end of the pitch, world-class in terms of their defence and goalkeeper; I think they’re top-class in midfield.
“Something could be added technically and Thiago fits the bill, so fingers crossed he comes.”
€70m Liverpool, Man City target probed about ‘complicated’ future
Meanwhile, Premier League transfer target Diego Carlos says he does not welcome transfer speculation and is “very happy” with Sevilla.
The central defender, who has been mooted as a target for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, did fall short of rejecting a move away from the LaLiga club though.
Carlos, 27, did admit that it was a “complicated situation” and did not categorically rule out a transfer away from Seville. Although he did say his focus was on his current club.
He told radio station Cope Sevilla: “In football we do not know what can happen. It is a complicated situation. I am very happy in Sevilla, with everyone.
“Who knows what can happen at the end of the market. I have spoken with my agents, I do not want speculation. I am working with Sevilla. My goal is with Sevilla. I have a contract and here I am. I want to have a spectacular year.”