Thiago Alcantara has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window.
And his comments about playing alongside former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho suggest he’d love to represent the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.
Coutinho joined Bayern Munich on loan at the start of the season, following his failed transfer to Barcelona from Liverpool.
In an interview earlier this year with Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia, Thiago said he was delighted to have the chance to play alongside Coutinho because he enjoys sharing a pitch with the world’s best talent.
Of course, at Bayern Munich he plays with some incredible players. But it also suggests he wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to turn out for the current European and Premier League champions.
“I know him a lot. He’s very good,” said Thiago of Coutinho.
“I’ve seen him play since he was 12 years old. I played futsal against him in Brazil and I loved it. He doesn’t think he lacks anything.
“I love playing with high-level footballers and he is a phenomenon.
“He is a spectacular guy, super hard-working, with an unbeatable technique and incredible definition.
“The players go through good and not so good moments and he is giving us a lot.”
Thiago has also previously spoken out about Liverpool.
Ahead of Bayern’s Champions League clash with them last season, he said: “We know perfectly, this team. What they are, what they have.
“They play awesome football these past years, and they increase every year. They are fighting in the Premier League now with the same points as [Manchester] City.
“In the Champions League they do it, not so great in performances (Liverpool had somewhat scraped through the group stage with three defeats), but they are great.
“Yeah we are looking forward because we expect a great match, not just against a great team but also a great crowd.”
Like Thiago, Coutinho has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent months, although it seems highly unlikely that he’ll return to Anfield.
Liverpool have felt the full effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and are looking to save money where they can.
Paying Coutinho’s wages, let alone a loan or transfer fee, wouldn’t represent good value for money in this current climate.
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