Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp must strengthen his resources in attack before adding the likes of Thiago Alcantara. Liverpool are heavily linked with a move for Bayern Munich star Thiago but are baulking at the £27million asking price. Left-back Kostas Tsimikas is the only player Klopp has signed so far this summer, with the Greek international costing just shy of £12m.
Carragher believes Thiago would bring something different to the Liverpool midfield that Klopp currently does not have at his disposal.
But the Sky Sports pundit claims it is more important to sign quality back-up to the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Carragher says a serious injury to either of those three could derail Liverpool’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title.
“I know everyone’s getting excited about Thiago coming in,” Carragher said.
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“I think the excitement comes because he’s completely different to what Liverpool have in midfield.
“Liverpool have plenty of numbers in midfield, much of a muchness in terms of a style of player, so Thiago could add something completely different.
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“But numbers-wise for me it’s the attacking front three.
“I feel if one of the front three – and I said this last season, it hasn’t changed – if one of them were to go down with a serious injury, I think that would really hurt Liverpool and I think Liverpool would it find it really difficult really to go on and win the league or certainly challenge Manchester City.
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“So I think someone to really challenge the front three because this team was built three or four years ago, this is the same team if you take away [Loris] Karius and bring in Alisson that got to the Champions League final in Kiev – not the one they won, the one they lost.
“That team has been together for so long now and it just needs a little bit of a freshen up, not so much the starting XI but just that little bit of impetus, maybe challenge people within the dressing room.
“I think that adds a little bit of freshness, not somebody to go right into the team.
Maybe if Thiago came in you’d say that and he’d add something different but for me the front three is vital.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville claims Thiago would be a top signing for Liverpool.
Neville said: “The one that I think that scarily would excite me the most is Thiago to Liverpool. I think Liverpool need that player.
“Because the team’s been so good, the coach has been so good it would feel like if they didn’t sign someone at this point, the players in that dressing room would probably want that challenge of a new player coming in.”
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