Jurgen Klopp tipped to face key problem if Liverpool complete Thiago Alcantara transfer

Liverpool hero John Barnes believes Jurgen Klopp risks disrupting the balance of his team if he brings Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara to the club.

Thiago is widely considered to be one of the most technically gifted midfielders in the world with experience playing for Bayern, Barcelona and Spain.

After seven seasons with Bayern, the 29-year-old is seeking a fresh challenge and is plotting a move to the Premier League.

Klopp has made clear he is an admirer for Thiago and is weighing up whether to add more midfield creativity to his team.

But Barnes feels the balance of Liverpool’s team is perfect at the moment and reckons Thiago’s arrival would leave them more vulnerable defensively.

“With the midfield being very workmanlike, they are a lot of points better off than everybody else,” he told the BBC.

“The reason you can have two full-backs attacking at the same time and three strikers is because they have three hard-working midfielders to protect that situation.

“If you get another creative midfielder and you want your full-backs and front three to attack, then maybe you are going to concede more goals.

“Manchester City have got how many creative players in their midfield? But Liverpool finished 20-odd points ahead of them. Maybe Manchester City should say: ‘Let’s get more hard-working players in midfield so we can catch Liverpool’.”


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Meanwhile, Andre Ayew has tipped Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster for a bright future after an impressive loan spell at Swansea.

Brewster’s loan with the Championship side came to an end last week when they were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Brentford.

Following his arrival in January, the 20-year-old scored 11 goals in 22 appearances and formed a strong partnership with Ayew in attack.

Brewster will return to Liverpool for pre-season training ahead of the new campaign and will now be aiming to break into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, which Ayew has no doubts he is capable of doing.

“Rhian has everything to play for,” Ayew said. “He has goals, he has speed, and he has power.

“He is still young, and he has a few things to learn and improve on, but when we are talking about a pure finisher and talent in front of the goal, he has it all.

“He has everything a striker needs to get, and that is very important.

“When you are 19 or 20, and you see the season he has had. If he continues to work hard, he is going to be a top, top player.”

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