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Thiago Alcantara joins Liverpool – Who is the Spanish Midfielder?

Premier League Champions Liverpool have signed Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara for an initial £20 million, which could potentially rise to £27 million through add-ons. 

The 29-year old is in the final year of his contract with Bayern Munich, but Thiago had already made it clear to the European Champions that he wanted a new challenge.

Equally Bayern Munich have decided that they would like to recoup some of the money for some of the money they paid for the midfielder rather than risk him leaving for nothing at the end of the season. 

Thiago’s arrival at Anfield would potentially pave the way for Giorginio Wijnaldum to join his former national team manager Ronald Koeman, at Barcelona. 

Who is Thiago Alcantara?

Thiago was born to Brazilian parents. His father was a World Cup winner while his mother was a volleyball player.  He moved to Spain at a young age and at the age of 14 he signed for FC Barcelona. 

The Spanish midfielder made his debut at the Nou Camp in 2009 against RCD Mallorca. In 2011 he made his first appearance for the Spanish national side in a friendly against Italy.

In total, Thiago played 68 matches for the Catalan side and scored seven goals. He then, however, made the switch from the Spanish La Liga to the German Bundesliga, joining Pep Guardola at Bayern Munich in 2013. 

During his time with the Bundesliga giants, as well as securing last season’s Champions League trophy by beating Paris Saint Germain, he won an impressive seven consecutive Bundesliga titles, four German Cups and the Club World Cup.  

What kind of player is he?

Thiago Alcantara is a top quality deep lying playmaker that is composed on the ball and keeps things ticking over in the centre of the park. His range of passing is nothing short of phenomenal. 

The Spanish international certainly represents terrific value for the Premier League Champions, and he will certainly provide them some much-needed control in the midfield area.  

Indeed, when Thiago was 22-years-old former manager Pep Guardola has previously said that he can play three or four positions. The midfielder, however, is well accustomed to playing in a 4-3-3 system, so he would easily slot into the reds midfield. 

In short, he will give Jurgen Klopp’s side another top quality option in a vital area of the pitch. 

What do you think? Do you believe that Thiago Alacantara will be a success at Liverpool?

Who next for Everton?

Ronald Koeman has this afternoon been sacked by Everton following bad results throughout the season, domestically and in Europe, and the 5-2 home defeat at home to Arsenal proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, as Koeman is now no longer connected to Goodison Park. However, as the Dutchman becomes the second managerial casualty of the season, there is one question which follows each of them, who will replace him?

Sean Dyche

One manager capable of taking up the helm at Goodison is Sean Dyche. The current Burnley manager, who has already taken three points off Koeman this season, is unlikely to leave Turf Moor where he is having amazing success. However, the Everton job has to be one he can’t turn down straight away. He knows how to work in the Premier League and how to win matches, and Everton is a massive club with amazing talent that would benefit hugely from the 46 year old.

Thomas Tuchel

Another manager could be former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel. The German could bring that boost to Everton, being currently out of work and having led Dortmund to DFB-Pokal glory last season. He is very young and although has no Premier League experience, has helped guide Dortmund to third place last season and into the Champions League. Perhaps he could do well in the English game.

Carlo Ancelotti

Finally, and certainly the biggest name, is Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian has recently been booted out of Bayern Munich, and was seen at Wembley yesterday watching Tottenham vs Liverpool, showing his love for English football. He has proven himself in England and has much more fight in him. He has been European champion three times and so can definitely bring something to Merseyside that can help bring Everton more points and up the Premier League table.