Gary Neville thinks it will take a “superhuman effort” from Liverpool if they are to retain the Premier League title this season but the signing of Thiago Alcantara would help that.
The Reds have been chasing the midfielder for a number of months. However, so far they been unwilling to meet Bayern’s €30million (£27million) asking price.
Liverpool’s only recruit of the summer is left-back Kostas Tsimikas, who joined from Olympiacos for £11.75m and will provide back-up to left-back Andy Robertson.
And Neville has urged Liverpool to sign Thiago to give them the “impetus” to go for the Premier League title again.
Neville told the Daily Telegraph: “It wouldn’t be ridiculous to suggest there will be a slight drop off, if they don’t somehow stimulate that squad by doing something, It is a huge emotional drain on the group of players for three years.
“To ask them to go again and achieve that same standard would be a superhuman effort. Getting them to do the same without amendment to the squad to give them that lift again, that is where signing Thiago would give the big one for Liverpool – to send a message to the rest of the players that we’ve signed one of the best players in the world in that position.
“He is world class and would give them a world-class presence in an area of the field where they don’t have a world-class presence. They need that impetus to stay where they are. I could be wrong – they could deliver exactly what they did before but looking at history it doesn’t work like that usually.”