Liverpool have been told they would be making a mistake in signing Thiago Alcantara.
The Bayern Munich midfielder emerged as a potential target for Klopp last week when it was claimed Liverpool had already held ‘serious negotiations’ over a deal.
As per Sport, “negotiations are very advanced between the player and club and only the economics have to be worked out between the two sides”.
Liverpool, however, are believed to be unwilling to pay Bayern’s €35million asking price in full. As such, it’s reported they are looking to secure the 29-year-old, whose deal expires in 2021, at a reduced cost.
Klopp is said to be a “long-time admirer” of the Spain midfielder from his time as Borussia Dortmund boss.
However, former Reds star Christian Ziege reckons Thiago should stay at Bayern.
The former full-back also thinks the Spaniard may struggle to adapt to the demands Klopp puts on his players.
“I have to say I love this player,” Ziege told CaughtOffside.
“He is a fantastic player but I’m not sure he fits into the Premier League and the Klopp style of playing.
“I think where he is, Bayern Munich, is a good place for him. Or maybe a Spanish team.
“I’m not 100% sure [about him joining Liverpool], although he is a fantastic player so he will handle it somehow.
“I’m just not 100% sure it’s right for him.”
However, despite an admission from Bayern Munich that he could leave this summer, Klopp isn’t certain of a deal.
Asked after Sunday’s win over Aston Villa if the Spain star is a summer target, Klopp gave a typical response.
Klopp replied: “Would you be surprised if I didn’t answer? I never answer this type of question!
“He’s a really good player I like a lot but I like many others out there. That’s all I have to say about him.”
Bayern admits Thiago could be sold
Bayern also still hope to tie the player down to a new deal at the Allianz Arena.
However, with the player unwilling to sign at present, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted Thiago could be sold.
“He is a top boy on and off the pitch,” he said.
”We had serious negotiations with him and fulfilled all of his wishes. But it looks like he might want to do something new again at the end of his career.
”We don’t want to lose him for free.
“We never had any contact with Liverpool. If he wants to go there, we will have to deal with it.”