In a transfer window fuelled by some of the worst kept secrets of the summer, another monumental deal has finally gotten over the line.
Liverpool have finally completed the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, meaning fans can finally breathe after living with their hearts in their mouths for the majority of the summer.
The news has gone down a treat with fans of the Reds. Obviously. But how have fans of rival clubs taken it?
Not annoyed. Definitely not annoyed. Marouane Fellaini was always the better option in 2013, anyway.
While some try and argue the superiority of their club, others have just completely lost it. It’s 2020, ‘ratioing’ is the thing now, whatever that is. So yeah, have that Thiago. ‘Ratioed’.
The Spaniard brings an air of class and top level quality to Liverpool. An established world great with a CV bursting at the seams, Thiago will be a joy to watch in the Premier League season. And even if he has the odd bad game, fans are happy to admire his name on the back of the Liverpool shirt, it seems.
The 29-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year deal with the defending Premier League champions, and will add supreme quality to their ranks. There are slight concerns about whether of not the Spaniard can stay fit, but if he does, that £20m price tag could prove to be one of the bargains of the summer window.
While some will be concerned about his age, or the fact that he ‘might not fit the Liverpool profile’ it’s all very redundant. Sure, he might lose a yard or two of pace in the coming seasons, but that incredible vision he has, combined with his dribbling ability, will cause problems for opposition teams so as long as he continues to play the beautiful game.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp is equally as pleased as fans to see the deal finally completed, and described Thiago as a ‘wonderful’ addition when speaking to Liverpool’s official website, and praised the midfielder’s vision, work rate and personality.
If the news of his signing wasn’t enough to make the weekend for Liverpool fans, then there’s more.
The suggestion is that the paperwork for the transfer went through early enough so that Thiago could be registered to play in the Premier League this weekend against Chelsea.
Klopp was tight-lipped when discussing details of the squad for Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday and conceded that it wasn’t decided just yet, but suggested that the Spaniard might find his way into the team: “So, let’s have a look how he feels. Around a transfer like this the days are pretty busy with things you usually don’t do. If he looks alright, we will find the right place for him”.
Alright Brian, let’s not get too silly with it. You’ve had your fun.