Klopp vying to complete Liverpool puzzle as top target steps up exit plan

Date published: Thursday 23rd July 2020 12:55

Thiago Alcantara

Bayern Munich’s Liverpool-linked midfielder Thiago Alcantara has said his goodbyes ahead of a move away from the club, according to a report.

The 29-year-old was recently close to extending his contract, but rejected the proposal at the final hour.

As such, Bayern are reportedly looking to offload the Spaniard to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.

Several reports have indicated that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of Thiago’s, having pitted his Borussia Dortmund stars against the midfielder while working in Germany.

The feeling is mutual, a stance Munich-based newspaper Abendzeitung highlights in their latest report on the player.

The source says, in fact, that Thiago has “already said his goodbyes” to his teammates. What’s more, he spent a “nice evening” with his closest colleagues – perhaps for the last time.

Indeed, the report (via Sport Witness) adds that Klopp believes Thiago can become the final piece in his Liverpool puzzle.

Klopp has masterminded key signings, including Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, who have proved to be cornerstones of the club’s recent success.

Thiago Alcantara

However, as mentioned in previous reports, Liverpool and Bayern remain poles apart in their valuations, despite allegedly agreeing terms.

 Abendzeitung claim that Bayern are holding out for €35million (£31.8million), with Liverpool currently willing to offer €25million (£22.7million).

Liverpool showed their apparent reluctance to spend when backing away from a deal to sign Timo Werner.

The Reds were unwilling to pay his reported €50million release clause, allowing Chelsea to swoop in.

RUSH BACKS KLOPP TO GET TRANSFER STRATEGY RIGHT

Nevertheless, Liverpool legend Ian Rush says Klopp can still breed success if the club do not bring in marquee signings such as Thiago.

Liverpool have a settled squad, with several exciting youngsters including Curtis Jones, ready to make an impact.

And Rush says the crop of academy talents could be a strong force for his former side next season.

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