Rio Ferdinand has led the praise for reported Liverpool target Thiago after the Bayern Munich man helped orchestrate their 7-1 aggregate thrashing of Chelsea.
Leading 3-0 from the first leg Bayern were not in a forgiving mood as they defeated Frank Lampard’s men 4-1 on Saturday to wrap up a heavy aggregate scoreline.
Thiago has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, with reports claiming the midfielder is looking to try his luck in the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp.
The German coach have been characteristically coy on transfers, and last month he told Sky Sports Germany: “I have no idea who will play for me next year, there is nothing to say at the moment.
“Thiago Alcantara is a great player, but also a Bayern Munich player. So that’s it, I’ve actually said everything. There is nothing to say about it! ”
Despite the speculation Thiago started against Chelsea in Munich and was a key cog for the German champions as they brushed aside the Blues.
And Ferdinand, who was watching for BT Sport, believes the player would be a “dream” signing for Liverpool.
“He is a conductor, somebody who controls the tempo of the game, he’s got a wing mirror so he can see behind him, can see all angles, play every pass in the game,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“Intelligent player, he speaks the language which is an important part of it as well.
“He’d be a dream to have for someone like Liverpool. He’s the type of player they probably haven’t got.”
Bayern’s charm offensive
Bayern boss Hansi Flick was also impressed by Thiago’s showing.
“If Thiago plays like he does today, he is very important to us,” Flick told reporters.
“He had a lot of ball wins on the defensive and also determined our game. He played smart passes, let the ball circulate and acted very well in the three-man setup. I liked that very much. I am very satisfied.”
It’s clear Bayern are desperate to keep Thiago, but the Spanish international seems set on a change of scenery with his contract up next summer.
Thomas Muller backed up his manager’s comments, highlighting Thiago’s importance.
“The qualities of our players should be known by now. We don’t have to talk about Thiago. He has been showing what he can do for 10 years,” Muller said
“He can not only handle the ball well and delight the spectators and his own team, but he is also an excellent ball thief. He showed that again today. He brought what he means to us into the game.”