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Thiago’s fee, Liverpool FC shirt number, contract length and wages revealed

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:54

Ahead of Thiago Alcantara’s move to Liverpool from Bayern Munich, further details have emerged over the deal, including the Spaniard’s new shirt number at Anfield.

Thiago is set to complete his long-awaited switch to Merseyside in the coming days, with news breaking on Thursday morning that the two clubs had a agreed a fee.

This comes after months of speculation, with the first reports claiming Liverpool were interested in the 29-year-old surfacing back in June, and going back and forth ever since.

Now, Thiago is due to join Liverpool regardless of any potential sales, and will sign a four-year contract with the Reds.

The Times‘ Paul Joyce reports that Thiago will put pen to paper on a deal that will tie him down until 2024, which is in line with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Jurgen Klopp himself.

He adds that the midfielder will wear the No. 6 shirt recently vacated by Dejan Lovren, worn by the likes of Luis Alberto, Fabio Aurelio, Andrea Dossena and John Arne Riise in recent years.

While the deal was initially reported to be worth around £27 million, Joyce claims that Liverpool will pay a guaranteed £20 million, with a further £5 million due in various bonuses.

The Independent‘s Melissa Reddy adds that this £5 million is based on winning the Premier League and Champions League, and progression in Europe “as long as the player is integral to success.”

"He brings something a little different… I think Thiago's a Liverpool player…"

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Previously, The Athletic‘s James Pearce suggested Thiago would command a wage of around £200,000 a week, which would put him in line with the club’s highest earner, Mohamed Salah.

It is a sensational deal for Liverpool, and a real statement in the wake of their first-ever Premier League title win.

Thiago is arguably the most high-profile player brought into the club, and can propel the Reds towards another triumph in the English top flight in 2020/21, with more success in years to come.

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“Highest profile player we’ve ever signed” – Liverpool fans react as Reds agree Thiago fee

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:33

Liverpool have agreed a fee with Bayern Munich for superstar midfielder Thiago, breaking the internet and sending Reds fans into ecstasy.

The Spaniard has been linked with a move to Anfield throughout the summer, although the constant stories surrounding the transfer had quietened in recent times.

Out of the blue on Thursday, however, reliable Merseyside-based journalists such as Paul Joyce and James Pearce confirmed that Liverpool are on the verge of signing Thiago, agreeing a £27million with Bayern.

Considering the 29-year-old’s status as one of the leading midfielders of his generation, it is an understandably huge story involving the Reds.

Here’s how Liverpool supporters reacted to the news on Twitter and Facebook.

This is genuinely the highest profile player we've ever signed isn't it? Granted, before it was probably Balotelli but still.

— Phil Blundell (@PhilBlundell) September 17, 2020

TEARS IN MY EYES. https://t.co/d4zFNCJcGa

— Red (@TaintlessRed) September 17, 2020

FSG out

— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) September 17, 2020

I’m very, very very, excited to see Naby Keïta and Thiago in the same midfield.

— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) September 17, 2020

Thiago, Keita, Gini, AOC, Henderson, Fabinho, with Curtis Jones/Milner filling in as required. That’s superb quality & depth.

— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) September 17, 2020

“We are retraining the trophy” – Kamau Njoroge on Facebook.

What a signing Thiago will be for #LFC.

— Si Steers (@sisteers) September 17, 2020

With his former manager Pep Guardiola sat on his pile of riches at Man City, Thiago Alcantara still wanted to come to Liverpool Football Club to play for Jurgen Klopp.

— Red (@TaintlessRed) September 17, 2020

Thiago an established, world-class player who will add extra quality to Liverpool’s midfield. Another string to the bow, creative in possession & always on front foot. Crucially gives opponents another threat to contend with through the middle as teams target Trent & Robertson.

— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) September 17, 2020

Town. Pop world. Venga Boys. Now https://t.co/TIp9HnGY4d

— Paul (Maych) Machin (@ThePaulMachin) September 17, 2020

If, as now seems excitingly likely, Thiago completes his move to Liverpool I think we'll see Fabinho effectively become fourth choice centre-half – instead of Lovren being replaced – with Koumetio and Hoever next in line #LFC #Thiago

— Chris Mac (@chrismackop) September 17, 2020

The Thiago deal is exactly why Michael Edwards is the best Sporting Director in world at this moment. The structure of the deal works perfectly for #LFC and he has played hardball with Bayern. Shit hot negotiator. Expect to see at least one more in – Sarr would be my bet.

— Si Steers (@sisteers) September 17, 2020

The one thing this phenomenal LFC side has lacked is a world-class ball-playing midfielder.

The current midfield has been exceptional and deserves all the praise it gets, but there are occasions when it's one-dimensional.

Thiago changes everything, plus he works his socks off.

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) September 17, 2020

Thiago to Liverpool has melted The Athletic’s servers, who says journalism is dead?

— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) September 17, 2020

This will be the most high profile signing Liverpool have ever made. Probably the first time we've ever bought a player who pretty much everyone on the planet agrees is genuinely an established world class player. Alisson the only other I think was even close.

— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) September 17, 2020

What a day to be alive. Game changer. https://t.co/BlC12VkcQD

— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) September 17, 2020

Back in 2017 Klopp said Keita & Thiago were the two best players in the Bundesliga. He's got them both now.

— Red (@TaintlessRed) September 17, 2020

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Liverpool agree £27m fee to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:10

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign the midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for €30m (£27.3m).

Liverpool had been reluctant to pay that much for a 29-year-old with one year on his contract but have accepted the need to meet Bayern’s demands to land Jürgen Klopp’s key target.

The Spain international is happy with the personal terms on offer at Liverpool and keen to move to the Premier League champions despite interest from Manchester United which never advanced to a bid.

Full story: Guardian

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Liverpool agree £27m fee to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:10

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign the midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for €30m (£27.3m).

Liverpool had been reluctant to pay that much for a 29-year-old with one year on his contract but have accepted the need to meet Bayern’s demands to land Jürgen Klopp’s key target.

The Spain international is happy with the personal terms on offer at Liverpool and keen to move to the Premier League champions despite interest from Manchester United which never advanced to a bid.

Full story: Guardian

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Liverpool agree £27m fee to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:10
Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign the midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for €30m (£27.3m).
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Liverpool close in on £27m deal for Thiago Alcantara

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:06

Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for £27m.

Thiago, 29, joined the German giants from Barcelona in 2013 and played in last season's Champions League final victory over Paris St-Germain.

Talks are ongoing between Liverpool and Bayern over the player, who has one year left on his contract.

Full story: BBC

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Liverpool close in on £27m deal for Thiago Alcantara

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:06

Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for £27m.

Thiago, 29, joined the German giants from Barcelona in 2013 and played in last season's Champions League final victory over Paris St-Germain.

Talks are ongoing between Liverpool and Bayern over the player, who has one year left on his contract.

Full story: BBC

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Liverpool close in on £27m deal for Thiago Alcantara

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:06
Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for £27m.
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Liverpool prepare £27m Thiago offer as they step up pursuit

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:01

Liverpool are preparing to make a £27 million offer to Bayern Munich for midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Goal can confirm.

The Reds are stepping up their efforts to land the Champions League winner as Jürgen Klopp looks to add further quality to his midfield.

Full story: Goal

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Liverpool prepare £27m Thiago offer as they step up pursuit

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:01

Liverpool are preparing to make a £27 million offer to Bayern Munich for midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Goal can confirm.

The Reds are stepping up their efforts to land the Champions League winner as Jürgen Klopp looks to add further quality to his midfield.

Full story: Goal

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Liverpool prepare £27m Thiago offer as they step up pursuit

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:01
Liverpool are preparing to make a £27 million offer to Bayern Munich for midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Goal can confirm.
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How Thiago could transform Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:00
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A detailed look at how the Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara could impact Liverpool's build-up play through midfield...

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The commentator was just saying how comfortable Paris Saint-Germain were looking when it happened. "They are quite happy for Bayern to have the ball in their half," he said. But it was at that precise moment that Thiago Alcantara weaved his magic, firing a crisp pass between the lines.

The ball was in the back of the net seconds later. The goal was enough to win the 2020 Champions League for Bayern Munich and while scorer Kingsley Coman was the official man of the match, the role of Thiago in the team's triumph escaped absolutely no one.

At 29 and reluctant to sign a new contract, Bayern realised they might have to sell. Liverpool are now ready to pounce and it is easy to see why the move might appeal. Jurgen Klopp's side can do almost anything. But they cannot do what Thiago can do.

"Liverpool's squad is fine in most areas," Jamie Carragher recently told Sky Sports. "But l think there are a couple of glaring areas where it should be better than it is."

Cover for Andrew Robertson has already arrived. Attacking depth would help. But a midfield creator could be transformative. Naby Keita brings some of those qualities, albeit slightly further forwards, but think of that midfield and one still suspects industry is valued over invention.

It has hardly been a problem, whether it is Fabinho cracking one in from 30 yards or Jordan Henderson driving the team on to glory at home and abroad over the past 18 months. It has come to be seen as the Liverpool way. A decision to focus on the flanks. A style that works.

1:07 Jamie Redknapp believes Thiago Alacantara would add a different dimension to Liverpool's midfield if he was to join from Bayern Munich Jamie Redknapp believes Thiago Alacantara would add a different dimension to Liverpool's midfield if he was to join from Bayern Munich

Which is what makes the link with Thiago so fascinating.

He is the Spanish pass master with Brazilian roots and a Barcelona upbringing. A man at home in the midfield hot house, seemingly born to work in those tight spaces.

Pep Guardiola gave him his professional debut and it shows. He was the one who first took him to Munich. "He is the only player I want," said Guardiola at the time. "It will be him or no one."

That was seven Bundesliga titles ago. A period in which Thiago has become a symbol of the shift as Bayern have totally dominated the league - and with it the football.

He might be seen as a Guardiola player, but he is now expected to find himself in a Klopp team. Even though the German has adapted his own approach in recent years, there remains a difference. Perhaps that is the whole idea. Thiago brings new qualities.

He averaged 82.6 completed passes per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga this past season - the most of any regular midfielder. He had a pass completion rate in excess of 90 per cent - an accuracy level that does not really reflect the range of his passing with both feet.

Thiago's passing sonar for the 2019/20 Champions League season Thiago's passing sonar for the 2019/20 Champions League season Thiago's passing sonar for the 2019/20 Champions League season

Those numbers hint at the sort of metronomic use of the ball through midfield that has come to characterise Guardiola's Manchester City. Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan completed the most passes per 90 minutes by midfielders in the Premier League last season. They were followed by Chelsea's Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic. No Liverpool player came close.

Liverpool's passing networks for the 2019/20 Premier League season Liverpool's passing networks for the 2019/20 Premier League season Liverpool's passing networks for the 2019/20 Premier League season

That should come as no surprise. It is indicative of Klopp's use of his midfield. The passing networks during Liverpool's title-winning season reveal the plans behind their build-up play.

The ball is spread from the centre of defence to the full-backs out wide. Their job is to raid forward and connect directly with the team's attackers. The role of the midfielders in this system is often to cover those advances, recycle possession and prevent the counter.

It is rare that Liverpool use the centre of midfield to penetrate the opposition penalty box directly. The passing sonars for the team highlight the fact that the more ambitious delivery comes from the full-backs and the wide forwards. In midfield, the passes go sideways.

As a result, the threat level when Liverpool have the ball in the middle of the pitch is indirect. When the ball is in those areas, the plan is to move it out wide once more in search of an opening, stretching the play and creating spaces for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool's focus of attack during the 2019/20 Premier League season Liverpool's focus of attack during the 2019/20 Premier League season Liverpool's focus of attack during the 2019/20 Premier League season

The contrast with City is illustrated by the through-balls completed by Kevin De Bruyne. He made 13 such passes last season, more than three times that of any Liverpool player.

Thiago's inclusion would not change all that. He is more than capable of keeping possession and playing his part in this game of ball circulation. Where he could help Liverpool is by moving the ball with one and two touches, opening games up against deeper defences.

That could be an attraction for Klopp when the wide route to goal has been shut down with opponents content to defend the perimeter of their penalty box. Thiago picks passes others cannot - a consequence of a lifetime spent threading the needle for Barca and Bayern.

It would be a new challenge, trading his job with the new European champions for one with the reigning conquerors of the Premier League and the world. Thiago would have to adapt to Liverpool rather than the other way around. The ball might not reach him quite so often.

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It is not just the fact that Bayern play more passes than the rest. For every seven passes completed by his team per 90 minutes last season, Thiago was making one of them. For Georginio Wijnaldum, despite being similarly diligent in retaining possession, that number for Liverpool was only one in 12. The patterns of play are different.

The tendency at Liverpool is to bypass the middle of the pitch more often, playing around them rather than into the feet of the sitting midfielder. It is why other qualities such as winning the ball back and pressing opponents are of such great importance to Klopp.

Thiago will need some of that but he might just change Liverpool a little too. Perhaps Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez would look to him rather than Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Maybe Mane and Salah would bounce passes back rather than look to go it alone.

Thiago is not a typical Liverpool player but that is what has made the speculation so intriguing. He would add a new dynamic. And that could be bad news for everyone else.

A version of this article was originally published on August 24, 2020

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Reds make official contact with Bayern Munich over Thiago move

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 09:53
Liverpool have contacted Bayern Munich about signing Thiago Alcantara.
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Liverpool agree £27m fee with Bayern Munich for Thiago

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 09:44
Liverpool have agreed a £27million fee with Bayern Munich for Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
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Liverpool agree fee for Thiago as Reds close on £27m deal

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 09:43

Liverpool are finally set to seal a £27 million deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, with the Merseyside press confirming the news on Thursday.

The Reds have long been linked with a move for Thiago, who is in the final year of his contract at Bayern and has expressed his desire to leave in pursuit of a new challenge.

Earlier in the summer it was claimed that personal terms had already been agreed with the 29-year-old, but there had been no progress with regards to a deal with the Bundesliga champions.

It was claimed that Liverpool would first need to sell in order to bring Thiago to Anfield, with Gini Wijnaldum widely expected to be the player to move on.

But now, the Merseyside press have confirmed that the Reds are pushing ahead with a move regardless of any further sales.

The Athletic‘s Simon Hughes ran an exclusive reporting that a deal worth around £27 million was close, with this soon followed up by the TimesPaul Joyce and the Evening Standard‘s David Lynch, among others.

Lynch writes that the deal is “picking up pace,” with the Mail‘s Dom King describing this as the club’s “first move” for the Spain international.

Thiago Alcantara, Spain (Photo by Mutsu Kawamori/AFLO)

The Independent‘s Melissa Reddy adds that “negotiations [are] progressing well,” with Goal’s Neil Jones writing that it “looks likely to happen.”

Speaking last week, Jurgen Klopp said: “I cannot end speculation as long as the transfer window is open, so that’s all I can really say about that.

“Did I mention that Thiago Alcantara is a really good player? [I did] long ago already!

“It’s nice that we are linked with him, but that’s pretty much all, really. It’s because he’s a good player, Liverpool’s a big club, so that’s nice.

“But apart from that, really nothing to say about that. And maybe good for you, I cannot end the speculation!”

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Back in 2017, Klopp said that Naby Keita was tied with Thiago as the best player in the Bundesliga.

“He’s the player of the league, that’s how it is,” he said of Keita. “Last year together with Thiago Alcantara, who played outstanding for Bayern, he was the flier.”

Thiago would be the second first-team signing at Anfield this summer, following the £11.75 million arrival of Kostas Tsimikas, but will be significantly higher-profile.

A world-class midfielder, Thiago will command a first-choice role in Klopp’s starting lineup, and should cement them firmly as title favourites once again in the Premier League.

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Liverpool make contact with Bayern over signing Thiago

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 09:39
Liverpool have made contact with Bayern Munich over a deal to sign Thiago Alcantara.
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Virgil van Dijk: We want to achieve consistency year after year

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 08:30

Liverpool are determined to maintain the consistency that was necessary to achieve their success of recent seasons, stated Virgil van Dijk.

The Premier League champions got their quest to defend the title up and running last weekend with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Leeds United at Anfield.

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Jürgen Klopp’s side’s relentlessness in the top flight during the past two campaigns yielded points tallies of 97 and then 99, with 62 victories registered.

Van Dijk and his teammates understand they will have to sustain those levels to continue collecting silverware, and will aim to do so by keeping a narrow focus.

“Consistency is the most difficult thing in football, I think – to keep doing it week in, week out. Year after year. And that’s something that we try to achieve,” Van Dijk told Premier League Productions.

“Obviously if you look at the last two seasons in the league, we have been very consistent. We have been putting in performances week in, week out and managing to find a win or get a good result – and obviously some games were better than the others – and hit a certain level of consistency that made us, especially last year, the champions of England. And that’s the difficult part.

“The season has just started with one game in and the season is going to be so long, so we’re not looking what’s going to happen at the end of the year, we are just focused about what’s happening at this case now.”

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On how he assesses the specific challenge of trying to win back-to-back Premier League titles, the Dutchman said: “I can only speak for what we think about our situation and at the moment how we approach games – and that’s the same as we’ve been doing for the last three years.

“We are trying to look at games that are ahead of us and not think about what’s going to happen the next two or three months. We just focus on what is in front of us, try to win that and give everything we’ve got.

“Obviously it’s going to be tough because the consistency is the most difficult thing in football, not just personally as a footballer but as a team as well. So yeah, it’s a big challenge for all of us but we should definitely be looking forward to it.”

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Virgil van Dijk: We want to achieve consistency year after year

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 08:30
Liverpool are determined to maintain the consistency that was necessary to achieve their success of recent seasons, stated Virgil van Dijk.
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Lincoln City v Liverpool fixture details confirmed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 22:07

Liverpool's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Lincoln City will be played on Thursday September 24.

The away fixture will kick off at 7.45pm BST and be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

League One side Lincoln beat Bradford City 5-0 in their second-round encounter on Tuesday night.

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Lincoln City v Liverpool fixture details confirmed

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 22:07
Liverpool's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Lincoln City will be played on Thursday September 24.
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