Thiago will lead to ‘unhappy faces’ at Liverpool; hasten Gini exit

Date published: Tuesday 22nd September 2020 10:52

Danny Murphy claims Thiago's arrival will ruffle a few feathers at Liverpool.

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The arrival of Thiago Alcantara will lead to “many unhappy faces” at Liverpool and gives an “air of inevitability” to the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum, according to Danny Murphy.

Thiago made an overhyped but impressive debut on Sunday as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0, and he will likely be a starter for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the near future.

But with Klopp insisting no player has to leave to accommodate Thiago, Liverpool are overstocked in the centre of midfield.

“They cannot all play in the same moment, that is true. But you cannot keep a player happy by yourself. I am not worried about that,” said Klopp.

“If we have more than three midfielders, for example, and we play 4-3-3, then a couple of players will not start or come on. That is always the case.

“Some don’t have the opportunity to come on and that is the squad for a matchday, that is how it is.”


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However, Murphy believes Thiago will be a guaranteed pick for all Liverpool’s games, when fit.

Furthermore, he can see his arrival hastening Wijnaldum’s exit. The Dutchman has just over nine months remaining on his deal and has been linked with Barcelona.

Murphy wrote in the Daily Mail: “There is no doubt in my mind Thiago Alcantara is coming to Liverpool as a first XI player. I doubt very much he’s had any conversations with Jurgen Klopp about sitting on the bench this season.”

He added: “He has great feet, passes well, has super awareness and can play in any of the midfield positions. I don’t see any risk at under £30million because he only had a year left on his Bayern contract.

“I do think Gini Wijnaldum’s departure has an air of inevitability about it now. Liverpool will have seven or eight players challenging for three positions, which means too many unhappy faces for the balance of the squad.”

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